Learning safety with Smokey Bear

Public safety officers host Kindergarten Safety Day

— This week, Moffat County kindergartners received a lesson in basic safety concepts from members of the local public safety community and one special guest.

On Tuesday, Smokey Bear joined Craig Police Department officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers, Craig Fire/Rescue and Bureau of Land Management firefighters and a host of public safety personnel for Kindergarten Safety Day at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The event is designed to teach children about a variety of basic safety concepts from knowing when to dial 911 to knowing how to properly extinguish a campfire with “campfire soup.”

Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, said the annual event serves as an effective way to deliver safety information to kids, ensure those safety concepts are top of mind going into the summer and begin to nurture an interest in community service for Moffat County’s future public safety officers.

“This is a good way to do it because it lays a foundation for all of the kids in the community,” Barclay said. “We like to make it fun and interactive by letting them spray the fire hose, say hello to Smokey with the megaphone and run the sirens.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or jmoylan@CraigDailyPress.com

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