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Crockett Elementary students learn about fire safety from chemical plant volunteers
10/16/2017

 Joshua Arceneaux in Mrs. Kincl’s Kindergarten class at Crockett Elementary receives a helping hand from Chevron Phillips Chemical emergency response volunteer Larry Sellers during Fire Prevention Week.
Photos by Heather Betancourth

Joshua Arceneaux in Mrs. Kincl’s Kindergarten class at Crockett Elementary receives a helping hand from Chevron Phillips Chemical emergency response volunteer Larry Sellers during Fire Prevention Week.

Crockett Elementary students learn about fire safety from chemical plant volunteers 

By: Heather Betancourth

Chevron Phillips Chemical surprised Crockett Elementary students in Goose Creek CISD with a special campus visit Oct. 13 for Fire Prevention Week. 

More than 360 students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade got a first-hand lesson in fire safety and emergency response thanks to members of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Emergency Response Team who volunteered to visit the school and teach the students in four 45-minute presentations.

“This event is just as fun and enjoyable for us as it is the kids,” said Joe Reynolds, emergency response and security coordinator at Chevron Phillips Chemical. “We even overheard one of the Pre-K boys tell his buddy that this was the best day of his life; even better than Christmas. It’s inspiring this kind of reaction in children that keep us doing this event year after year.”

The students were able to see and touch one of the petrochemical plant’s in-house fire trucks and learn about its safety equipment and hear its emergency horn blow. They were also introduced to a firefighter’s safety clothing while several students were able to try on the jacket and hat.

Volunteers also demonstrated the use of a fire extinguisher and talked about the importance of calling 9-1-1, what to do in case of a fire, and how to perform the stop-drop-and-roll technique. Students took home red, plastic firefighter hats as souvenirs from the event.

Fire Prevention Week is an annual event supported by the National Fire Prevention Association. Public and private fire departments from around the country perform classroom presentations or host a community open house to educate the public on fire safety. 

Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, 1871 and lasted through October 9. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. 

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