Palm Coast - The Palm Coast Fire Department recently taught the importance of fire safety to more than 7,000 students at Flagler Schools. The school presentations were part of the Fire Department's outreach for National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12.

Palm Coast firefighters visited elementary and charter schools throughout the city of Palm Coast to teach students the importance of "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!" which is this year's National Fire Prevention Week theme. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Fire department personnel hosted interactive demonstrations along with our mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, at all of the elementary schools within the city. Elementary school students had the opportunity to see a fire truck up close, watch firefighters demonstrate their gear and equipment, and practice how to stay low and crawl and Stop, Drop & Roll.

In November of 2015, a Palm Coast Fire Department fire safety demonstration was credited for saving a life. A 7-year-old student at the Imagine School at Town Center used what he had just recently learned to help him and his brother escape from a residential fire in western Flagler County.

"This is a fun way to interact with the kids, and most importantly, to share information that saves lives," said Palm Coast Fire Driver Engineer and Fire Prevention Coordinator Eric Robinson, who coordinates the departments Fire Prevention activities and was one of the familiar faces of the Palm Coast Fire Prevention Week at area schools.

In addition to the presentations this month, the Palm Coast Fire Department increased its presence on social media to share fire prevention safety tips.

For more information, contact the Palm Coast Fire Department at 386-986-2844. You can obtain more photos from our Facebook Page or for more updates follow us on Twitter @PalmCoastFire