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Fire prevention, safety in the lesson plan for Saanich Peninsula elementary students

38 elementary school classes with more than 900 students took part in Grade 4/5 Fire Expo

The Grade 4/5 Fire Expo hosted by the Sidney Volunteer Department drew 38 classes with more than 900 students from Sidney, North Saanich and Central Saanich to the Community Safety Building in Sidney, where staff with the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, North Saanich Fire Department and Central Saanich Fire Department presented a wide range of topics around fire safety.

They learnt about them through a series of learning stations inside and outside the building, where staff not only helped them to spot and prevent potential causes of fire around the house in places like the kitchen but also gave them some hands-on training to fight a fire through the use of fire extinguishers. The sessions also included an element of fun as staff gave them the opportunity to use genuine fire hoses.

The event — which ran over three days last week — preceded Fire Prevention Week running from Oct. 9 to 15.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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