AMERICUS FIRE AND RESCUE VISIT ALL SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS In Sumter County Schools, student safety is important on campus and at home. Recently, members of the Americus Fire and Rescue team visited all Sumter County Schools to offer a brief yet thorough discussion and demonstration of critical fire safety protocol. "When at school, there are many adults and friends to watch your actions and ensure your safety. When you leave school, it is critical that you take this same awareness of personal and family safety back to your home. Review your address, your telephone number and the names of family members with your parents. Should you become separated from others during a traumatic event, it is important that we know where you live," said CPT. Greg Barfield. Continuing his discussion, Barfield warned students about thoughtless activity with electrical cords and plugs. Of most importance in his instruction was the need to have a meeting place should there be a home fire. "You should always have a meeting place away from the fire site. It must be an unchanging and permanent location. A certain tree or street sign is a good place to meet if you and your parents are separated as you leave a burning structure. Discuss this location with your family. Fire and Rescue personnel should not need to attempt to enter a burning structure when all of the residents of the structure are safe. Have a place to meet as soon as you escape any fire," stressed Barfield.
"Safety at school and at home is critical for our students. With the cooler temperatures and the use of gas and wood for warmth, I am glad that these students have heard the need for increased fire safety from professionals. I appreciate the many programs that they conduct each year to increase safety awareness for students in Sumter County Schools," said Sarah Cobb Principal, Mrs. Barbara Watford.
Here, students in Mrs. Lorie Wainwright's 4th Grade class, assemble by the Fire and Rescue portable classroom to hear CPT Barfield, at right, and Eng. Brian Justice.