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Schools throughout the region got their annual visits from local fire departments recently, as part of Fire Prevention Week.

In Lake George, the theme was “Two Ways Out,” according to Mike Parsons, who heads up the department’s fire prevention committee. “The children remember the presentation from last year, so the National Fire Protection Association tries to focus on a new tip every year to help families stay safe,” he said in a press release from the Lake George School District.

Parsons tested a smoke alarm so children would be familiar with the sound. Then he explained all the steps the children would take if there was a fire in their home. During one of the presentations, Lake George Volunteer firefighter Craig Underwood crawled among the audience in his turnout gear and gave the students high-fives.

Several Lake George graduates, including Second Lt. John Cocozza and Paul Sullivan took part in the program.

“These are heroes in our community,” said Lake George Elementary School Principal Jim Conway told the children. “They give up their free time to come in and teach us about fire safety, and it may be the most important thing you learn this year.”

Many departments took part in the activities, as they do every year. In Argyle, seemed to have a good time getting pictures of the students.

You can read Bill Toscano's blog at poststar.com/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.

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