The Comanche County Free Fair packed people in the past two days. While lots of kids were bussed in to get a glimpse of some farm animals, there was one kid who was passionate about helping firefighters. The Lawton Fire Department brings out their Safety Mobile House to teach the youngsters every chance they get.
Kids are curious and it's the perfect opportunity to get the message out about fire safety. The mobile safety house enables the firefighters to show kids what a real fire and other dangerous situations could feel like.
Twelve year old Cody Gannon volunteers to help with the Fire Safety House and he says on Thursday it was really busy. Over 600 kids came through the Safety House. "They learn not to be scared if there's a fire. Try to get out of the house, and don't play around the stoves and electricity," said Cody.
Training firefighters say they just can't seem to get the message across enough and they like to relate it to the kids on a level they can understand. "Well, you wouldn't play sports without practicing, right? You play like you practice. You're willing to practice for a sporting event; but, this is life and death and you only get one chance to try," said Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Taylor.
Taylor says the most important thing they try to get across to kids is to have a plan and practice that plan with their families. They want to make sure that no one tries to go back inside once they have escaped the fire. "The primary reason is it's almost a grantees fatality if you go back into a fire once you got out," Taylor said.
Cody says one of the coolest parts of the demonstration is when firefighters start the smoke simulator machine. "Then kids kind of get a feeling for what a fire can do," he said. Fire Marshalls say that Fire Prevention Week is coming up in just a few weeks. This year they plan to focus on kids and their families safety plan.