Ashdown Fire Dept. Brings Fire Truck, Fire Safety to Elementary Students

By JESSIE SMITH
City Editor

Trunk of Treat this Sat. to feature costume contest, hot dogs, candy

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Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students of Ashdown Elementary School receive a visit from the Ashdown Fire Department on Oct. 18. In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the firefighters are participating in different events and visits.

The Ashdown Fire Department wowed the Ashdown Elementary School students with the flashing lights of the fire truck during their visit on Oct. 18 as they also taught the young children about the importance of fire safety.

Fire Marshall Jake Smith said they start fire education at an early age because the students can bring the lessons they learn back to their families. “We haven’t had to ‘rescue’ anybody out of a house fire in the last about seven or eight years,” Smith said.

Smith said the students love the visits. The firefighters talked to Kindergarteners, first- and second-graders. “They still love big red fire trucks and flashing lights,” Smith said.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and the Ashdown Fire Department is participating in different events. Smith said they installed smoke detectors for free last year, and he and the firefighters also offer business and home inspections.

The Little River County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5–7 p.m. at Ashdown Pocket Park, and the Ashdown Fire Department plans to be there as well.

The event is free and includes a costume contest, hot dogs, nachos and candy.

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