Saturday event in Belleville aimed at fire education

By Tim Unruh
Salina Journal – April 30, 2015

Firefighters and members of a number of agencies will meet for the Belleville Area Fire Prevention and Safety Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the fire station.

The goal is educating children and adults on the dangers of fire, the need for prevention and what to do in case of a fire.

The event, which is open to everyone, is meant to help people prepare, said Doane Sells, a longtime firefighter and a Belleville city councilman. The town is struggling with the death of a toddler who died Feb. 23 in a Belleville house fire.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, Red Cross, Belleville EMS, fire and police departments and the Concordia Fire Department are working together on the safety awareness day, Sells said.

The safety trailer from Concordia will be set up to take people through a smoke simulation.

“It will be a chance for kids to know what it’s like to be in a room filled with smoke,” Sells said.

The Food Mart in Belleville is donating free hot dogs. Smoke alarms, escape ladders and a number of donated items will be given away as door prizes. A number of safety displays will be set up.

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