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Posted on: October 25, 2019
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Oakdale Elementary students were full of questions -- and no shortage of awe -- when Green Township firefighters visited their classrooms.

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October is Fire Prevention Month, and Oakdale students took its lessons to heart as firefighters talked to them about smoke alarms, calling 911, never returning to a burning house for pets or belongings, and encouraging their families to have designated outdoor meet-up sites in case of a fire. 

Firefighter Jim Duke demonstrated what gear a firefighter wears, and how quickly he or she can put it on if there's a call. Colleague Matt Schmithorst told them firefighting is a good career and "a good opportunity to help people."

After lively classroom question-and-answer sessions, the students went outside to see all the equipment and gear stored on a firetruck. And they found out that they have something special in common with firefighters. "It takes 240 hours of schooling to be a firefighter," Mr. Schmithorst told them. "Firefighters constantly go to school, just like you guys."