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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:51

Fayetteville, TN's New Safe Escape Trailer Teaches Kids about Fire Safety

Fire Trailer

Little Ava Pendergrass demonstrates how to escape from a window with the help of the Fayetteville Fire Department’s new Safe Escape Trailer. Pictured with Ava are (from left) Firefighter Michael Pendergrass, Darryl and Bill Stovall of Stovall’s, and David and Caleb Hall of Hall’s Signs. Staff photo by Lucy Williams

A new Safe Escape Trailer has been built with the help of the community and local businesses, all for the benefit of children learning more about fire safety.

“This trailer is designed to teach children that there’s a second way out of a house on fire and to not be afraid,” said Michael Pendergrass, a firemen with the Fayetteville Fire Department. “The trailer will be making its debut at Farm Safety Day, where we anticipate over 350 students will get to see it.

“This wouldn’t have been possible with the help of volunteering businesses, such as Stovall’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service and Hall’s Signs, as well as Gary Keller and the Lincoln County Jail trustees, the City of Fayetteville, and the support of our Fayetteville Fire Department,” Pendergrass added. “We want to thank everyone who assisted, and let them know what this means to our community.”

Altogether this year, the fire department anticipates over 1,000 children going through the trailer.

“The best part of it is that we don’t just tell them about fire safety, the trailer allows us to show the kids about it,” said the fireman. “The actual demonstrations, with the kids role-playing and going through the act, will go a long way in showing them how to escape a fire.”

Thank you to The Elk Valley Times for reprint permission.

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