"We do things but our budget is limited in papers and materials," Administrative Capt.
The department does put on puppet shows and uses other activities to help educate children and families.
"If nothing else, we go online and look for a little guy with a fire hat and print off a 100 copies and say here color this," Barss said.
Officials use any kind of free information and literature available for both children and adults.
"We do find creative ways to get and spend some money for public education," Chief
"For me, it made me think what could I do to give materials so they don't have to worry about purchasing them," Jones said.
Jones ordered 2,500 activity books and brochures from her company website and donated them to the department on Wednesday.
"The way I look at it is, if we provide this, somebody else might provide something else," she said.
Donations help the fire department to continue to increase awareness and education.
"This helps us to reach out beyond just one child," Barss said.
Barss said public education and fire prevention is a big part of what he and the firefighters do on a daily basis.
"We have different ways to reach the kids with the age-old message of fire safety, but we try to use the most recent ways to reach them," he said.
One of the new ways the
"We will be having a Fire Station Open House for the pre-Kindergarteners, Kindergarteners and first-graders of
The department will host Kindergarten and first-grade glasses at
Barss said during these visits, students will be split into 12 smaller groups and participate in different fire educational activities. Groups will rotate through each activity, until each group has completed all the activities.
"One of the activities planned for the students and teachers will involve handing out bags of popcorn from the movie theater and a choice of drinks from local businesses," Barss said.
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