NBG FES Observes Fire Prevention Week

by Shaina Marie Santos, Naval Base Guam Public Affairs
U.S. Navy

YONA, Guam – Firefighters from U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Fire and Emergency Services (FES) promoted fire prevention and safety at M.U. Lujan Elementary School in Yona today.

The presentation was one of numerous scheduled at local schools and organizations in observation of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 5-11 this year.

NBG FES Fire Inspector Michael Borja stressed the importance for students to learn about fire safety.

“It’s important to let the kids know, and not just the kids, but each and every one, so they’ll …know who to call, what to do, and where to go in case there’s a fire,” he said. Borja continued that though Fire Prevention Week is in October, fire prevention should be a daily observance. “We want to make sure that we take that extensive care, each and every day to make sure fires are prevented.”

During the presentation at the school, firefighters talked about their careers, answered questions, offered a demonstration of how their gear is worn when battling extreme heat, and taught the young students what to do in case of a fire.

M.U. Lujan Elementary School teacher Ursula Umadhay said she was appreciative of the firefighters’ presence in the school and the knowledge they imparted upon her students.

“Just having someone in that specialty area come out and speak to the kids, it kind of brings their experiences a little bit closer to the school setting,” she said. “The kids really enjoy seeing the fire truck, they enjoy seeing the actual firefighters, and just meeting them is has been beneficial for them.”

M.U. Lujan Elementary School guidance counselor Emmercita Reyes echoed Umadhay and said having the firefighters at the school helps students connect what they have learned about fire safety with real life examples.

“They can say ‘firefighters kill fire’, but to actually see what a firefighter looks like and what the attire is, it’s just making that link and connection (with) what they know,” she said. “It extends the learning.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance.

NBG FES also recently visited K-Mart in Tamuning to promote fire prevention. They will join other local fire departments to participate in a presentation of Guam’s firefighting capabilities at the Home Depot, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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