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Baytown 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 for Fire Prevention Week. More than 350 students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first and second grades received a first-hand lesson in fire safety and emergency response thanks to members of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Emergency Response Team in Baytown who volunteered to visit the school.
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 and coloring books as souvenirs from the event.
Chevron Phillips Chemical and Crockett Elementary have been “Partners in Education,” a Baytown Chamber of Commerce program, for 30 years. This an annual event between the petrochemical plant and the school supported by the National Fire Prevention Association. Every year in October, 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 during Fire Prevention Week.
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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