VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Lowndes County leaders are reaching out to kids in an effort to keep the community safe. Lowndes County's fire chief, 911 director, and commissioner chairman hope to reduce the roughly 3,500 fire calls the county receives each year by teaching children fire safety.
"It gives us all an opportunity to understand what [the firefighters] out here are doing, but at the same time what we as a community as well need to be doing from a fire prevention stand point," said Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter
For the first time, the county's 911 director is also going to help the fire department educate kids during national fire prevention week. "[Kids] need to also be aware and have the ability to dial 911 and contact 911 in the event of an emergency," said Slaughter.
Lowndes County Fire Chief Richard Guyton said he won't just be meeting with schools during national fire prevention week though, as the entire month of October has been dedicated as national fire prevention month.
"We'll be going out throughout the month of October for this training, meeting with each class separately," said Guyton. "We'll have Sparky there, we'll have a video presentation for the children, and we'll have materials to hand out."
But, fire prevention doesn't stop with kids. "I will also be meeting with different groups throughout this month also. Rotary clubs, and different civic organizations," Guyton explained.
Hoping the message of fire prevention and fire safety will spread like wild fire throughout the community.