On October 10, students at Goshen Intermediate School learned about fire safety from local firemen Brian Gallo and Matteo Cirigliano.
Grade-level assemblies were held in the auditorium, where the firemen spoke to students about fire safety and prevention. They discussed the importance of having a family escape plan as well as functional fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
They also reiterated that you should never hide during a fire, such as under the bed or in the bath tub – you want to make sure you are visible to the firemen so they can quickly get you to safety.
The firemen concluded their presentation with a brief video of fire department footage and taking questions from students.
Gallo and Cirigliano are members of the Goshen Fire Department which consists of three fire companies: the Cataract Engine & Hose Co., the Dikeman Engine & Hose Co. and the Minisink Hook & Ladder Co. According to the Goshen Fire Department website, the department currently has 180 active volunteers and has responds to an average of 550 calls a year over the past few years. The members of this department average over 5,500 hours in training, drilling, and schooling each year.