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Hfd to do public performance of ‘star wars-themed’ fire prevention program

Hfd to do public performance of ‘star wars-themed’ fire prevention program

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

November 14th, 2017

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HENDERSON, KY, November 13, 2017– A couple of weeks ago, the City of Henderson’s Public Information Office was contacted by local citizen with a question atypical of most:
“Why is Darth Vader hijacking a fire truck on Main Street?”
The answer was easy: It meant that the Fire Prevention Team at the Henderson Fire Department was at work again on their favorite creative outlet.
They were working on their annual Fire Prevention Program to present to local schools.
The HFD Team was in the schools during the last part of October and early part of November and now they were preparing to present their “Star Wars-themed” mini-drama packed with educational information to the public.
It’s free and open to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at South Middle School.
Their show is titled “Empire Attacks the HFD.”
Darth Vader and his henchmen kidnap Fire Chief Scott Foreman and Sparky, and the bad guys take over the fire department.
That’s your cliffhanger. You can find out how it ends at the show.
The goal for the free show at South Middle is to invite all from the community — and especially parents — who may have heard about the show from their children and never had an opportunity to see it.
“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of our Fire Prevention Team. They never cease to amaze me on what they come up with,” said Chief Foreman. “They do such a great job at getting the kids interested by using stuff they can relate to. I truly feel that the reduced volume of calls for fire-related emergencies is a direct relation to our program.”
“The impact for this program is probably a lot larger than we can ever imagine.  Children are like sponges and they pick up on so much, then they go home and tell everybody what they have learned,” he added. “It is truly the ripple effect.”
Indeed, the Fire Prevention Team has been doing this type of educational outreach for nearly two decades and they are convinced that it has paid off over the years as the students are well-versed on what to do in case of fire. That’s one reason the Team has to keep finding creative, attention-grabbing ways to drill the points home.
The fire chief was personally involved in many of the performances in the schools this year.
“It is a big commitment for our City and I feel that this is something the citizens should be very proud of,” Foreman continued.
“Henderson has supported a program like this for decades, and not to any surprise we have always led the way in the delivery of our program.  You can’t put a value on the lessons these children are learning.”
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