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The students and staff of Florence Roche Elementary School would like to thank the Groton Fire Department and the following first responders for their visits to our school last week: Lt James Crocker, FF/EMT Paul McBrearty, FF/EMT Michael MacGregor, FF/EMT Chase Lundgren, FF/EMT Joseph Walter, FF/EMT David Dubey, EMT Betsey Reeves.

Over the course of the week each class had the opportunity to participate in the SAFE House and talk with the firefighters and EMTs. SAFE is an acronym for Student Awareness of Fire Education. Students in grades K, 1 and 2 learned about fire safety in and around the home, including ways to prevent fires, cooking and candle safety, and how to “get low and go.”

The firefighters also talked with the children about the importance of having a family evacuation plan in case of a fire at home.

Students in grades 3 and 4 learned about weather-related safety including how to prepare for and what to do in case of severe weather, including the importance of having an emergency preparedness kit at home.

In addition, every student was given a SAFE House t-shirt from the Groton Fire Department.

This opportunity to make connections to their community and to those who serve and protect us all is so very valuable for the children. The students always enjoy the chance to engage with the firefighters and emts in this fun and educational setting. We thank the Groton Fire Department for taking the time to share their expertise with us!

The students and staff of Florence Roche School