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CLIFTON PARK: Bus answers burning questions

Councilman Sandy Roth said the idea for the project happened two years ago, after town employees saw a similar bus created in Colonie at a Fourth of July parade.

"Not only did we do it as they did it, but I think we probably have done it a little better," Roth said. "I think we've got a vehicle out there that we can be very proud of that these people took the initiative to do what they did. It shows the kind of people that we have on our staff."

Myers has been a firefighter for 27 years. He was the fire chief at Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department in Colonie in 1998 before volunteering with West Crescent Fire Department in Clifton Park.

"Everything I do is to prevent deaths, whether it be in the fire service or with families. I've lost some good friends in the fire service over the years," he said. "[The fire safety bus] might save some lives, it might generate some firemen out of it. We're always looking for the next guy to come up through."

After touring the bus, Barrett said the smoke was realistic without scaring kids.

"My two boys, especially my 4-year-old, would love it," Barrett said. "Once they get past the fact about how neat it looks, I think they would take very seriously a few of the tips they can get."

The town will continue to tour the bus at local schools and daycares, and any organizations wishing to have the bus visit for free should call the building department at 371-6702.""

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