Ryan Shelton hauls his fire-fighting gear in to St. Germain Elementary School to teach students about fire safety as part of Fire Prevention Month.
Ryan Shelton hauls his fire-fighting gear in to St. Germain Elementary School to teach students about fire safety as part of Fire Prevention Month.
Each year, fire prevention programs feature a different aspect of fire prevention and fire safety during the first full week of October. 

This year the program emphasized teaching children about escaping from a burning home.

Children learned that parental participation in preparing escape routes and practicing escape during a fire is important for family and child safety.

Members of St. Germain Fire and Rescue including Fire Chief Tim Gebhardt, emergency medical services (EMS) Director Jason Hyrczyk and emergency medical technician Ryan Shelton presented the program.

Shelton displayed his full firefighting personal protection equipment so children could learn that seeing someone dressed this way and crawling through the smoke is no one to be afraid of.

Students also learned that firefighters and EMS personnel are there to save lives and reduce personal and property damage from fire.

St. Germain Fire and Rescue also provided elementary and Montessori students with gift bags containing educational books, pencils, flashlights and pencil box rulers. 

Each piece reinforced learning the escape route and family practice sessions.

The annual fire drill was held last Wednesday for fast and safe evacuation of the school.