Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department members and Isle of Wight County Emergency Services technicians taught basic fire safety classes today, Tuesday, 28 October 2014, to pre-school students at Benn's United Methodist Church, Benn's Church, Virginia. Firefighter and Paramedic Kenneth Wilkins was the primary instructor for the children as they learned the techniques for "stop drop and roll," calling 911, exiting the house, detecting hot places, staying low below smoke and assembling outside the home. Firefighter Matthew Smith demonstrated standard firefighting gear to dispel a child's natural fear of a "well dressed" firefighter in full turn-out gear. Firefighters Mason Halsey and Justin Schuyler gave the kids an extensive tour of pumper fire engine "Rescue-10" and also demonstrated the use of basic life saving fire/rescue equipment. The children were given instructional materials donated by local citizens to use in the classroom later to reinforce their lessons learned during the demonstration. Each student was awarded a "junior firefighter" helmet for paying close attention to the instruction. Immediately following this public service event, all of these firefighters and EMTs, commanded by Lieutenant Jeremie Gibbs, were dispatched to a nearby emergency rescue call for a vehicle vs. bicyclist incident involving a critical injury.

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