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Waller ISD Promotes Fire Safety

Photo of Holleman students with Waller Volunteer Fire Deparment

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week (FPW) a national observance to be celebrated during the week of Oct. 9. During FPW, children, adults, and teachers learn how to be safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to decrease accidents caused by fires. This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” focuses on three basic steps to reduce the chance of having a fire.

Members of the Waller Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) spent the week visiting schools, which included I.T. Holleman Elementary. Firefighters Christina Mathes, Michael Mathes, Tyler Willis, and Tristan Aguirre volunteered their time to demonstrate best fire safety practices. Students were taught how to use a fire detector and what to do in the event of a fire.

“We are from Waller and we care about our students and want them to be safe,” WVFD Captain Michael Mathis said. “Also, we are still kids at heart and enjoy this as much as the students.”

After the fire safety demonstration, students were given a more hands on experience of what it is like to be a firefighter. They were allowed to go inside the firetruck, practice spraying the firehose, and some students tried on pieces of a fireman’s suit. Along with their time, WVFD donated educational materials for students to take home such as activity books, pencil packs, and crayons.