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Students at Washington School in Peru pay close attention Thursday to a demonstration of fire safety by the Peru Fire Department. This was Fire Prevention Week and many schools received visits this week from firefighters. NewsTribune photo/Jeff Dankert
It began with a fire drill. When blaring alarms filled the hallways, a rolling rumble could be heard throughout Washington School in Peru.
“It sounds like a bunch of horses running through the building,” said Rodney Perez, Peru firefighter.
When the drill ended, the students, grades 2-4, assembled in the gym. Perez was there waiting with fire chief Jeff King, Capt. Rick Abbott and firefighter Ryan Ankiewicz of the Peru Fire Department. This was Fire Prevention Week, and Perez began with a few safety reminders.
“Two ways out,” Perez said. “What’s another way out of a house?” “Window,” the students said.
“Right, you can always go out the window,” Perez said.
“Tool or toy?” Perez said, holding up an action figure and a grill lighter. You play with toys but not tools, he said.
Students got to dress as firefighters and practice moves such as drop-and-roll. At half-court in the gym, the firemen set up a mock room with a bed and window.
They sprayed simulated smoke using a fogger and had a firefighter and a student practice getting out by crawling along the floor, feeling for the wall and climbing out the window.
Peru firefighters also led safety assemblies this week at Dimmick, Peru Catholic and Northview schools.
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