On Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold its last “Kid’s Night at the Firehouse” for the summer of 2010.
“We’ve had this for quite some time. It’s part of our educational program to educate young people in fire safety. It was a program originally started by the state, and it’s part of the state fire school in Dover,” said Stephen Lett, a member of the Fundraising & Events Committee for the BBVFC.
Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m., and it is open to kids of all ages. Kids younger than 5 must have an adult in attendance during the event, and there is a request for a $5 donation per child.
The last “Kid’s Night” was held on July 28 and had around 20 children in attendance. Kids will be given a wealth of knowledge pertaining to fire safety, such as practice in calling 911, get a visit from Sparky the fire-dog, and even get some free loot to take home.
“We take children through different stages. We have a display of a house where we have different rooms and the safety of different rooms. We’ll show them what a firefighter looks like, teaching them to stay low to the ground, and then we have a hose demonstration. We’ll hook up the fire hose and we show them what that’s all about,” said Lett. “Sparky will be on-site, walking around greeting the children. We give out coloring books and hats to the children, too.”
They also want to help children feel comfortable around fully geared firefighters by letting them check out the volunteers in their gear.
“It’s to get young people comfortable with firefighters. When we go in, you know, we have our gear on, our masks and our air tanks. We kind of look like we’re from outer space, and it’s to get very young children to not be afraid of us — to be able to have them be comfortable and know that we’re there for their safety,” he said.
Lett has been with the company for two years and said he is proud to be a part of the BBVFC.
“I live in Bethany Beach and just thought it would be a good, community-minded thing to do, so I joined the fire company,” he said. “Last year, I did all of my training at the fire school in Dover, and it has been a great experience. They are very dedicated and committed people, and it’s a pleasure to be associated with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.”
Lett said he hopes residents and visitors to the area will bring their children out to the firehouse to enjoy a night of educational fun.
“We encourage everyone to come out for fire safety, and we want the community to know that we are here for them. We appreciate their support, and it’s through their support that keeps us going,” said Lett.
For more information about the event, call (302) 539-7700. The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is located at 215 Hollywood Street in Bethany Beach.