Fun and games were mixed with a serious message about fire prevention at a live demonstration held by Molokai firefighters Saturday morning at the Kaunakakai Ballfield.
The Maui Fire Department held the show in connection with national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. It was the first fire prevention demonstration held on Molokai since 2007.
In connection with this year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” the local firefighters offered several safety tips. People were taught the importance of staying in the kitchen at all times while cooking, using the backburners if you have small children, wearing tight sleeves and keeping debris away from the stovetop. Kitchens are the most common starting points for fires in the home.
Other fire prevention lessons were also taught. Keiki learned how to stop, drop and roll and what is the meaning of an emergency.
The well-attended event included demonstrations of how the Jaws of Life are used to remove a victim from a vehicle and how to extinguish a controlled fire. The audience also saw a Maui Fire helicopter land on the ballfield.
Keiki had a chance to try on real firemen’s gear in a race to see who could get dressed the fastest. They also had the opportunity to hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear. When the demonstrations were over, a wet down with fire hoses offered a fun and thorough soaking for everyone.
“This was awesome,” said Molokai Fire Inspector Rick Schonely. “The turnout was even better than expected.”