ILION – A group of home-schooled students toured the Ilion Fire Department Monday, getting a close look at fire trucks, an ambulance and fire fighting gear.
Twelve children attended, to learn about the workings of the fire department and review the rules of fire safety.
“My favorite part was going in the ambulance,” said Chloe Rebisz, a first-grader from Utica. “It’s important to call 9-1-1 if there’s a fire and to not go back in the house for anything.”
October is Fire Prevention month and Ilion fire fighters have been hard at work doing community outreach all month, said Chief Tom Pederson. Firefighters have visited Barringer Road and Fisher elementary schools, read stories to children at the Ilion Library and visited a “6 to 6 program” at a local church, Pederson said. At every stop they stress the importance of having and testing smoke detectors and EDITH – Exit drills in the home.
Anyone living in the village of Ilion who may be in need of smoke detectors can contact the fire department at 315-894-6048 for assistance.
The department is also open for families to tour, Pederson said, noting they ask people to call ahead and schedule a time.