OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A trailer built for the sole purpose of fire safety training rolled onto the campus of Oak Park Elementary School Wednesday morning.
The Ocean Springs Fire Department brings the training to schools throughout the city every day during the month of October, National Fire Prevention month.
"They do such a great job in making sure our students are prepared. Not only the safety part, but also the prevention," said Assistant Principal Joey Lee.
The fire department stresses prevention such as replacing smoke detector batteries, and creating an emergency plan in case the worst happens. It may be safety tips students have heard before, but Lee says they can't hear it enough.
"If we're speaking the same language to them, just ensuring that when they hear those things, they know what to do in any location and that includes the school environment, as well," said Lee.
To help drive home the training, firefighters sent students through a trailer filled with fake smoke stressing a crawl as the best way to avoid smoke inhalation. Firefighter James Steed hopes the exercise will give the students a better idea in case they are ever in a real emergency.
"If these kids get into an emergency, we don't want them scrambling around trying to figure out exactly what to do," said Steed.
For Steed and his fellow firemen, October is their favorite month. They stay busy traveling from school to school every day, but they say it's worth it.
"We like getting out here and interacting with the children and I think they enjoy it, too. They remember us year to year and they look forward to it just as much as we do," added Steed.
The firefighters gave the students homework which might be good for everyone to do: make sure families have a meeting location outside the home in case disaster strikes.
For more information on fire safety, click here to visit the National Fire Protection Association website.