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Boght Hills fights fire

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

Firefighters Bryan Natoli and Joe Laughlin, show Bought Hills Elementary students a fire truck Thursday, Oct. 13.

Firefighters Bryan Natoli and Joe Laughlin, show Bought Hills Elementary students a fire truck Thursday, Oct. 13. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— Stevens said the kids do in fact get the message and that they try to update the message each year. He said this year’s theme is protecting your family from fire. He does just that, as Stevens said he and his daughter constantly go through what the family’s escape route is in case of a fire and even use a toy phone to practice calling 911.

Still, Stevens believes fire safety shouldn’t just be the focus of a day or a weeklong program, it should be something that should be discussed year round.

“It can be incorporated into other things,” Stevens said. “It should be focused on all year long.”

Boght Hills Elementary School teacher Kim Greiner said the school has built an important relationship with the fire department and the Town of Colonie fire services. She also said that the program has been an effective one and that the message seems to be getting through to the students.

“We’ve had a number of kids actually say during the assembly they remembered what to do when there was a fire in their house or they told their mom or dad something was unsafe,” Greiner said. “What they learn, they take home.”

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