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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 8, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of Dougherty County students were deputized and given their fire safety marching orders Wednesday.

More than two thousand kids from schools and day cares across Dougherty County filled the Civic Center for the 14th annual Kids Fire Safety Day. 

The Albany Fire Department puts on the instructional show for the kids as part of Fire Prevention Month. 

The firefighters wrote and produce the show, including the music, and dress up like clowns and characters to deliver lessons on fire safety and prevention.  

"We learned a long time ago in the fire service that if you entertain the children, while you provide the message, they will retain it," says Albany Fire Chief James Carswell. "While they are excited about it, they go back home and they talk to their parents, who reinforce our message."

Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine asked all the kids to take oaths to become Fire Safety deputies and told them to go home and talk to their parents about fire safety.

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