Children in elementary schools are learning about fire prevention through a book program headed by the Armstrong County Firemen’s Association.
Kittanning Borough Fire Marshal “Buzz” Kline said the “Partners in Safety” program is an annual event.
“Every year we provide a fire safety book to the second graders in all the schools in Armstrong County. We have been doing this for five years now,”
A representative begins in June each year and works for approximately a month to call upon local merchants and civic groups for sponsorship.
Kline said that 1,100 books are needed for complete distribution in all the elementary schools. He said that businesses and organizations gave enough for 972 books this year.
“For every $15 that is donated, that purchases a book,” he said. “The Firemen’s Association took this endeavor on. It has been very worthwhile.”
Kline said local elementary school distribution was made to West Hills, Lenape Elementary, Dayton, Shannock, Elderton, Sugarcreek, Divine Redeemer, and Grace Christian. There are also two schools in Vandergrift, as well as AC Valley and Redbank Valley, and Karns City districts since they have Armstrong County children who attend their schools.
Usually the books are distributed during Fire Prevention Week in October. However, last minute fund-raising delayed distribution until this month.
“The money was slow coming in, and we held off, and held off,” Kline said. “We came up with a little short this year.”