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Thousands of kids see fire safety program

October 11, 2006

Albany -- Albany Firefighters go all out to teach Southwest Georgia children fire safety.

Thousands of students got fun lessons today, at their 12th Annual Kids Fire Safety Day.

 Lt. Gregory Drummer is one of the dozens of Albany Firefighters who dress as clowns and firedogs, for their annual fire safety show at the Albany Civic Center. Lt. Gregory Drummer said "It's fun. It's fun. I enjoy it. I been doing it the last ten years."

More than five thousand kids from Southwest Georgia, from nursery school through third grade, come to the Albany Fire Department show. They put on costumes to get the kids attention. Lt. Gregory Drummer said "The clowns reach them a lot better. They start having fun, and they start listening more."

Then the firefighters give the kids valuable safety tips. Drummer said "To dial 9-1-1, to stop drop and roll, and not to play with matches."

This year's fire safety theme was trying to prevent stove or cooking fires. There were 178 reported kitchen fires in Albany in the last year. Drummer said he thinks this show could help one child prevent a fire at their home. Lt. Drummer said "If we can save one, we made a difference."

 Georgia Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine attended the Albany Kids Fire Safety program, saying it is one of the best in the state.

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