Springfield firefighters, Red Cross teaching students about safety

Firefighters are visiting grades 3-5

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to teach students in the city about fire and natural disaster safety.

Springfield firefighters and Red Cross volunteers will be visiting Indian Orchard Elementary School Thursday afternoon as a part of a nation-wide effort, “The Pillowcase Project.”

During the 90-minute instruction, students will learn the best way to escape a house fire and what dangers natural disasters could bring. They will also be given a pillow case to decorate and bring home.

Mary Nathan, the disaster program manager for the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, said they first partnered with the Springfield Fire Department two years ago.

“The Pillowcase Project is part of the Home Fire Campaign, a program aimed at reducing home fire related deaths by 25 percent by the year 2020,” Nathan said. “We have seen real results from around the state as children are better prepared to safely escape home fires.”

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick said there is no better time to draw attention to fire prevention and safety.

“Springfield Public Schools is extremely grateful to the Springfield Fire Department and American Red Cross for educating our students on this very important issue,” Warwick said.