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By: John Fitts, Editor

Fire Prevention Week at Cherry Brook Primary School

October 10, 2014 

As part of Fire Prevention Week, deputy fire marshal Scott Goeben and members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department came to Cherry Brook Primary School on Friday. Presenters talked about fire safety and showed the kids some of the gear, tools and vehicles firefighter use.

Fire prevention lessons have been introduced in other ways at the school this week, including Steve O’Meara’s health classes. In introducing the firefighters, many themselves former Cherry Brook students, O’Meara said they deserve praise for volunteering and helping others.

“We need to make sure to give them another round of applause and say thank you,” O’Meara said.

O’Meara then introduced the ever-popular Sparky and Canton deputy fire marshal Scott Goeben.

Goeben talked to the students and talked about many aspects of fire safety, including the importance of staying low, letting firefighters help during a fire, being extra careful in the kitchen, talking to parents about smoke detectors and more.

In fact this year’s Fire Prevention theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”

Firefighters Chris Chris Mutch and Ryan Vaillancourt geared up an crawled around the floor, showing kids not to be scared of firefighters. They also gave high fives as they circulated. Students then got to go outside, visit with Sparky and members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, who showed them some tools used in fighting fires, car accidents and other emergencies.

The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week commemorates the great Chicago Fire of 1871.Learn more at