HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Fire prevention and safety is the message Hattiesburg Fire Fighters are spreading to kids across the Pine Belt and although it is not a new initiative, honoring local schools for taking the time to recognize it's importance is.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree along with station one Fire Fighters, presented a proclamation at Hawkins elementary school to honor teachers and staff for joining the effort to teach kids about fire safety. Hattiesburg Fire Investigator Geneva Morgan said, "It is hard to get them as a family unit so we are hoping what we teach the kids here, they will take home to their families. If we can educate, we can keep the numbers low and hopefully not have any fire deaths in the city."
Mayor DuPree also presented Station #1 Fire Fighters with a proclamation, honoring them for inspiring young kids and protecting the city.
"They work really hard, we have not had a fire related death for some time in Hattiesburg and a lot of it has to do with education, but the other part has to do with the first responders that are there ready, willing and able to help when a fire does occur," said Mayor DuPree.
October is National Fire Prevention month, here in the Hub City, October 9-15, has been declared fire safety week.