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Brattleboro firefighter Alex Morin shows students in St. Michael’s preschool program some of the equipment that the Rescue 2 vehicle carries.

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Preschoolers learn about safety

Firefighters show kids what’s on the truck

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BRATTLEBORO—Students at the summer preschool program at St. Michael’s Catholic School on Walnut Street recently had an opportunity to meet with local firefighters to get a hands-on lesson on fire safety.

Brattleboro firefighters Kevin Lambert and Alex Morin brought Rescue 2, the department’s support vehicle, to the preschool. It carries a variety of equipment, from power tools to cut apart crashed vehicles to shovels, winches, and extra ladders.

Draydon Harvey, the lead teacher for the summer program, and her assistant, Olivia-Belle Phillip, helped the children make firefighter coats out of grocery bags. Some of them were wearing them when the fire truck arrived.

After the children peppered Lambert and Morin with questions, everyone went outside to take a quick tour of the fire truck and continue the conversation.

Harvey said that the firefighter visit was part of a summer of experiential learning at the preschool, and that they tried to mix as much fun as possible with the hands-on lessons.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #473 (Wednesday, August 22, 2018). This story appeared on page C7.

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