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Hinckley Fire Department's safety trailer to hit the road

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HINCKLEY –– The Hinckley Fire Department plans to bring lessons about fire and weather safety to different neighborhoods throughout the summer .

The child safety trailer is where children can learn how to crawl through a smoky dwelling using a non-toxic theatrical fog to simulate an escape from a residential fire and learn what to do in instances of severe weather like tornadoes.

Hinckley Fire Chief Jestin Grossenbaugh said the idea started as a project that fire educator Lydia Wochna did for the state during the summer about four or five years ago.

“What we did was we took the safety trailer out to five or six developments on a Saturday or Sunday,” Grossenbaugh said. “We set the safety trailer up, we brought a fire engine and an ambulance and would teach fire education to kids (and adults) and storm education as well.”

This is the first time the department has brought it out since the original session.

“My goal, now that I am chief, I want to do this every year,” said Grossenbaugh. “I want to try to go to different neighborhoods throughout the community during the summer months and get fire education to as many people as we can.”

This exercise is a way for the department to promote home safety throughout the community to children as well as adults and parents, he said.

“They get to interact with us, they get to see who we are but they are going to get the education brought to them,” Grossenbaugh said. “A lot of times the adults need education because they don’t realize how fast fires burn these days. They burn very hot and very fast.”

This is because homes are built “lighter,” Grossenbaugh said, and most furniture and other home goods are made out of synthetic materials which was not the case in the past.

The times, dates and neighborhoods for upcoming sessions with the fire department are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday June 29, Walden Pond;
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday July 13, Northgate;
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday July 27, Arborcrest;
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Aug. 4, Nadine/Brookside Circle;
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Aug. 10, Nottinghill.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Jestin Grossenbaugh at JGrossenbaugh@hinckleyfire.us or (330) 888-5131 or Fire and Life Safety Educator Lydia Wochna at Lwochna@hinckleyfire.us or (330)-278-2591.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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