HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Chief John Pope and the Collins Fire department teamed with Allstate Insurance to bring a lesson in fire prevention and what to do in the event of a fire to kindergarten students at the Collins Elementary School Friday morning.
The kids got to meet Sparky the Fire Dog and see the new Spartan Rescue pumper the department got in this year.Chief Pope said today was about teaching the basics of fire safety.
We want them to understand the what the emergency number is to call in the event of a fire, to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire, what to do if a smoke alarm goes off at home or at school," said Pope. "We also talked about the importance of paying attention to rules and regulations given to them by their teacher."
Chief Pope said that the city council has given the okay to hire two more full time firefighters, something he has been wanting for a long time. Up till now, the department has been operating with two full time fire fighters and volunteers. The new positions will help the department to better serve the community.
"Collins is a great city with a lot of promising growth in the future. We've already experienced a tremendous amount of growth .We just want to continue to maintain and keep fire protection and safety and emergency response level capabilities high to be able to meet and exceed the need of that coming growth."
Pope added he would like to add more volunteer firefighters as well.