Last Thursday (Sept. 27), grade seven and eight students (and some in grade six) from Crossroads School, along with four adults, experienced firsthand what it’s like to be in a house when it’s full of smoke--and the smoke increases second by second.
Devlin/La Vallee Fire Chief Leo Pruys arranged for Charlie Turgeon, retired former deputy chief of the Fort Frances Fire Department, to make available to students his “Challenger” mobile training unit.
This event was held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which takes place Oct. 7-13 this year.
Turgeon has designed the training unit so it simulates a house--complete with hallways and bedrooms. He also has it designed to fill up with non-toxic smoke.
The smoke starts at the ceiling and then gets lower and lower by the second, soon reaching the floor and making visibility impossible. The students had to go through this on their hands and knees as the smoke became thicker.
They also were told by Turgeon that in the case of a real fire, there would be bad gas above so staying close to the floor is the best thing to do.
Pruys and Turgeon began the day with valuable lessons in the classroom, stressing the importance of smoke detectors. In the case of fire, it’s highly unlikely you would wake up in time to save your life.
Plus, once the detector sounds, you only have a few minutes to get out.
Both also stressed to get out--then go to a neighbour’s house and call the fire department. Do not go back in for anything!
The students also were told to always have a plan to get out of every room in your home via two different exits. If you go to open the door and it’s hot, don’t open it--use your alternate exit.
Students were told people should plan escapes with their entire family.
Pruys and Turgeon both felt the experience generated a lot of interest and knowledge in the students.
Pruys said chances are the students would go home that night and want to check every smoke detector, plan an escape route, and tell their family and friends all about their experience in the “Challenger.”
And that’s exactly what Turgeon and Pruys hoped for.
- • • Much sympathy is extended to Don Walton and his children in the passing of their wife and mother. Plus, sympathy to the many family members of Joyce and to her friends.
- • • The annual calf sale is slated this Saturday (Oct. 6) beginning at 9 a.m. at the Stratton sales yard.
- • • The annual Rainy River Federation of Agriculture dinner and dance will take place Oct. 20 in the new Millennium Hall in Stratton. Guests will be entertained by local talent, and a dance will top off the evening with music supplied by Glen Hart.
- • • The Emo W.I. fall tea is coming up Monday, Oct. 15 at the Emo Museum. Soup and sandwiches will be available, as well as a bake table and crafts. Hope to see you there!
- • • The Devlin slo-pitch meeting for local players has been rescheduled to tonight (Oct. 3) at the municipal office in Devlin.
- • • The Crossroads rink committee has another great raffle available. Tickets cost only $2 and the prizes are an eight-inch ice auger (first), a quilt made by E. Larson (second), and a $200 fishing package made up of a rod and tackle (third). The draw will take place Dec. 21. Call Joe Bodnar (486-1053) or stop by Kupila’s Sound Centre if you want to sell tickets for this worthy cause. Be sure to purchase several tickets to increase your chances to win the many great prizes.
- • • Be sure to get your appetite ready for the annual fall harvest supper Oct. 14 at the Devlin Hall beginning at 5 p.m.
- • • Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.
- • • Robin’s 2¢: What men say: “Can I help with Thanksgiving dinner?” What it really means: “Why isn’t it already on the table, and I plan on lying on the couch for several hours after I eat moaning that I ate too much--is there any pie left?”