Bridgeport Elementary students gathered together Wednesday morning Oct. 7 to learn about fire safety in the spirit of National Fire Prevention Week. Town of Sullivan Fire Inspector Bill Pindle led two presentations with a few tips on fire safety and a question and answer session.
Students raised their hands and had some firefighters answer their questions. Along with Pindle, Bridgeport Fire Department Assistant Chief Frank Thompson, medical technician Cathy Giacona and Bridgeport firefighter Mark Sager, all attended aboard a fire engine to show the students the proper use of smoke detectors.
Giacona said one boy asked her how his family could acquire another smoke detector, because his home only has one at this time. She said the student was "very concerned." Pindle said Giacona should get his name and address so that someone could bring a smoke detector directly to their home.
Another student asked what he should do if there was a fire in his house and he was alone in his room.
Pindle said that he should call 9-1-1 immediately and if the bedroom has a window, he should open the window and look for an exit.
"It's very important that 9-1-1 callers state their address when calling from a cell phone," Pindle said. "A lot of people are moving away from land lines."
Without a land line, Pindle said that the location's address won't register at the call center that receives the emergency call. Pindle said that when a person calls 9-1-1 from a cell phone, their call could be sent to a number of call centers outside the county the caller lives in.
To demonstrate this, he dialed 9-1-1 and notified the call center that he was only testing the location premise. The person on the other line told Pindle that his call center was in Madison County, but that the call could have gone elsewhere, this was lucky.
"This is why it's important to indicate your address immediately," Pindle said. If by chance the caller loses consciousness, the 9-1-1 center has the emergency location and can dispatch fire or ambulance emergency services.
For more fire safety information or smoke detector details, call Pindle at 687-7221.