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Fire Prevention Awareness takes aim at third graders

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Due to budget cuts, the Sioux City Fire Department no longer has a public safety officer to spread fire safety awareness.  So, to get the word out during this week's Fire Prevention Awareness, the department has made some changes.

Third graders at Irving Elementary School were taught by firefighter what to do in case they are in a fire.

The smokehouse was used for a mock simulation of a fire that taught the kids how to make their way through the house and get out quickly.

"Enjoyable to teach the younger generation, teach the kids, see their bright shining smiling faces as we come to the schools.  They're excited to see us and we are excited to see them," said Garrett Soldati, Master Firefighter and Paramedic.

Fire officials say it's also important to teach students and adults how to stop a fire before it starts.

"If you can actually stop that fire from ever starting and arm the people with the knowledge of how to get out if the fire does start and ways to prepare themselves in case a fire starts, you're way ahead of the game" said Mark Aesoph, Sioux City Fire Marshal.

Fire officials say you should check your smoke alarms each month and change the batteries at least twice a year.

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