Orange Firefighters Talk About Safety with Kids, Show Them Equipment
Photo by ORANGE VFDFirefighter Peter Goodwin helps Brandon Pepe, 4, try on a firefighter's coat at Touch-A-Truck at the Racebrook School May 2.
Photo by ORANGE VFDFirefighter Lisa Kaplan shows visitors some of the equipment on an Orange fire engine at Racebrook School's Touch-A-Truck event May 2.
Photo by ORANGE VFDFirefighter Lisa Kaplan explains a firefighter's turnout gear and breathing apparatus to members of Daisy Troop 60226. The girls visited firefighters at their station on the Post Road May 3.
Photo by ORANGE VFDFirefighter Lisa Kaplan helps Girl Scout Lily Pfeifer, 6, use a hoseline during a visit to Orange Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on May 3.
ORANGE, CT - May 5, 2023 - It was a busy week for members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department as they met with children at three different events.
“These events are as much fun for the firefighters as they are for the kids,” said Firefighter Lisa Kaplan, who chairs the department’s public education committee. “We get to teach some fire prevention and home safety tips. Equally important, the children get to see us in our gear and see our equipment. They learn not to be afraid of us and to come to us in an emergency, even if we’re in turnout gear and maybe even wearing air masks.”
Firefighters recently visited the Racebrook School’s Touch-A-Truck event, talked with a group of preschoolers from the Orange Congregational Church Nursery School, and welcomed Girl Scouts from Daisy Troop 60226 to their firehouse. Kaplan said the department has programs for children of all ages and for adults. To arrange for a public education event, call the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at (203) 891-4703.