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Cedar Rapids Firefighters Run Realistic Safety Drills to Teach 3rd Graders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- Some third graders in Cedar Rapids had a very special assignment Monday. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department stopped by Truman Elementary to put the kid's safety skills to the test.

Firefighters brought the mobile safety house, which has fire hazards in the living room and kitchen. It’s the kid’s job to spot the dangers and tell firefighters. But the biggest part of the quiz is a full fire drill, where the kids have to work together to get out of a smoke filled room.

"Most families don't do them at home. They don't practice a fire drill at home, so if a fire happened at home the kids would not know how to escape safely. They wouldn't know where to go. They wouldn't know how to get out, and they would be frightened," said Nicky Stansell, Public Education Manager with CRFD.

Organizers say the artificial, but realistic smoke, and piercing alarms give the children the experience to put their safety skills to work at home. "Because if there's a real fire, then you might not know what to do," said Carson Blietz, a 3rd grader at Truman.

Every single 3rd grader in Cedar Rapids schools will go through this training at some point during the year. But fire fighters say it's up to parents to follow through with practice at home.
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