Firefighters, Red Cross plan safety programs

October 13, 2004

Danville Fire Marshall Ken Pflug will make presentations to children in grades kindergarten through five relative to fire prevention.

Each child will receive a "Masters of Disaster: Fire Prevention" booklet supplied by the Central Kentucky Chapter of the America Red Cross and the Danville Fire Department.

As part of its Fire Prevention Month activities, teachers will receive a CD with fire prevention and safety curriculum.

The local Red Cross chapter was one of 36 chapters across the country selected to promote the program in its jurisdiction.

Ruthann Phillips, executive director of the local chapter, and Pflug recently attended a two-day workshop in San Antonio, Texas, sponsored by the national office of the American Red Cross to learn how to work with local educators to promote use of the curriculum.


The program was developed by the Red Cross with the help of a grant from the Allstate Foundation.

It is grade specific to kindergarten through eighth grade. Another program, "Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events, " extends to the high school level.

It is aligned with National Education Standards to enable it to be used with lessons that teachers are teaching.

The local Red Cross chapter will work with schools in Boyle, Mercer, and Casey counties to acquaint them the curriculum and help place it local classrooms.

Educators or parents who home school interested in the curriculum may contact the Red Cross at (859) 236-6538 for more information.

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