WILTON — About a dozen Wilton firefighters spent Monday showing students the methods and apparatus needed to fight fires on the first day of Fire Prevention Week.

Approximately 160 students ranging from preschool to second grade came by classes to watch, listen and learn as the firefighters demonstrated skills the children might need such as calling 911 or techniques like drop and roll while in a fire.

The firefighters also gave demonstrations that included putting on their gear to respond to a call and rescuing a “downed firefighter” as they follow the fire hose into a cramped stairway and pull him through a culvert to safety.

Dressed in his gear, Sean Estabrook crawled through the group of children as fire Chief Sonny Dunham told the children that although the gear may look frightening it’s not meant to scare but to help. Eastabrook was crawling on the floor away from the heat, Dunham said.

The firefighters went through a drill of getting a call, donning their gear and pulling the truck out of the station. They then sprayed water across the road showing the children how the truck worked.

On Monday afternoon, first grade students and teachers Lisa Gagnon and Diane Kyes from Cushing School went through the firefighters presentation.

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Wilton firefighters don their equipment, roll the truck out of the station and spray water across Main Street to demonstrate their work to Wilton first-graders Monday as part of Fire Prevention Week.  About 160 students from preschool to second grade participated in separate sessions throughout the day.

Cushing School first-grader Maya Griswold helps demonstrate “drop and roll during a fire” as Wilton fire Chief Sonny Dunham discusses the technique with other students Monday as part of Fire Prevention Week. 

First-graders from Cushing School in Wilton watch Monday as firefighters demonstrate the rescue of a “downed firefighter” as part of their presentation for Fire Prevention Week. Approximately 160 students, preschool to second grade, were given several presentations by about a dozen firefighters throughout the day.

First-graders from Cushing School in Wilton watch Monday as firefighter Sean Estabrook demonstrates how he would search a building for occupants as he suited up for a presentation for Fire Prevention Week. Approximately 160 students, preschool to second grade, were given several presentations by about a dozen firefighters throughout the day.


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