Reading up on safety
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent July 1, 2013 12:58PM
Hobart Fire Prevention director Joshua Magner reads one of the 15 books the Hobart Fire Department donated to the Hobart Public Library to Sean Clark, 6, Alicia Clark, 4, and Jozlyn Harney, 3, inside the fire truck in the children’s section. | Post-Tribune photo
Updated: August 3, 2013 6:08AM
Hobart Fire Prevention director Joshua Magner read a book about fire safety to Sean Clark, 6, and Alicia Clark, 4, of Hebron, and Jozlyn Harney, 3, of Hobart, while they all sat in the fire truck reading area in the Hobart Public Library.
Magner chose one of 15 books the Hobart Fire Department had just donated to the library, to be used in the same area.
“Fire Chief Brian Taylor noticed there weren’t many books in the fire station area and brought it to my attention when I first took over as fire prevention director. We picked 15 books good for boys and girls and kids ages 3 to 10,” Magner said.
“It’s what we do on a daily basis,” Magner said.
He said the books stay in the fire truck and can’t be checked out.
“We really appreciate the donations they always give us. It’s hard to keep the books in the fire truck,” library manager Lacey Klemm said.
Magner combined the donation with a fire safety day in which he talked to kids about fire safety in the house, explained the different equipment on a fire truck and let them sit inside an ambulance. He also talked about the importance of installing a child car seat the proper way.
He discovered the children already were well-versed on the subjects.
“What do you do if there’s a fire and the door is hot,” Magner asked.
“Go out the window,” the kids responded.
“What if you’re on the second floor,” the fireman asked.
“Use a ladder.”
“What do you do once you’re outside?”
“Go to a meeting place,” one child responded.
“What don’t you do once you’re outside?”
“Go back inside,” another said.
Magner said you should never go back inside a burning house for a pet.
“Leave it to us to rescue them,” he said.
“My granddaughter said that’s why they have outside cats,” laughed Bertha Arana, of Hobart, who brought her grandchildren, Alicia and Sean Clark, to the program.
Arana said the children’s bedrooms are on the second floor and their parents frequently talk to them about fire safety.