STANFORD - It's hard to keep an eye on the target when your helmet keeps falling forward. Lincoln County Middle School student Amber Phelps struggled to battle a mock blaze Wednesday at the high school FFA's farm safety day but found herself fighting the heavy equipment as much as the fire.
Phelps and her fellow classmates donned firefighter's uniforms to learn fire safety and the finer points of using a fire extinguisher, to keep them from panicking in a real-life situation.
Students spent half a day at the Lincoln County fairgrounds participated in sessions on railroad, electricity and general farm safety as well as a quick lesson in first aid.
"Anything that could happen around the farm," said Fire Station Chief Troy Gingrass. Representatives from county fire stations 8, 4 and 1 were on hand to help, in addition to Inter-County Energy, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, the state Department of Agriculture and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.