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Students paid visit by firefighters, learn about fire safety

On October 10, students at Goshen Intermediate School learned about fire safety from local firemen Brian Gallo and Matteo Cirigliano.

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Fireman Matteo Cirigliano speaks to fifth graders at Goshen Intermediate School.

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.

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Firemen Brian Gallo takes a question during a fire safety and prevention assembly at Goshen Intermediate School.

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.

For more information, visit the Goshen Fire Department website.