During Fire Prevention Month I plan on spending as much time as I can promoting this year’s theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out". I have already contacted our schools and have set of dates for presentations. You have heard me mention time and time again how valuable smoke alarms are, but the important next step is the planning of what to do once the alarm sounds. At school, the children do fire drills, and I must say I am extremely happy with what I have witnessed by the teachers, students and staff in the performance of these drills.
Fire Safety Code dictates that the schools must perform these drills monthly and the Fire Department witness and time at least one of these drills. The School Administration and your Fire Department take these drills seriously, but I want to take it one step farther. Since they are so vital to the safety of our students in school how about the one place they spend more time at than anywhere else, HOME? That is why I encourage all families to sit down and make your escape plan TODAY.
In my presentations I will be stressing to the students the importance of them, at home, just like at school, doing the fire drills. I will be instructing the children to learn to escape by themselves, go to the designated safe meeting place and stay there even if Mom or Dad have not exited. Of course Mom's and Dad's, we want you to exit as well but everyone needs to know the plan, exit to meeting place and NEVER go back inside for any reason.
I want to mention at this time, Fireman Joe, after 58 years of service as a Fireman, will be retiring from Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton effective December 31st 2017. In my remaining time during October, November and December, I want to do as many presentations, appearances and programs as I can. It is very important for me to say goodbye but to also take the opportunity to give one last message of life safety to our communities of Bellevue and Dayton. My e-mail address, Stambushj@hotmail.com is the best way to contact me. I really want to hear from all of you, either in comment or to schedule a presentation.
It has been a privilege for me to serve as Public Education Officer for FDBD, as I have made so many wonderful friends and contacts that I will miss. I will have two more articles for the Bellevue - Dayton Community News before I retire. Lastly all I can say at this time is THANK YOU! I will continue to pray for your safety.