LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. — Youth in the 4-H Afterschool Program at LaFargeville Central School spent the week of 3/21-3/25 learning about fire safety and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter though a community service project called Adopt-a-Firefighter. The 4-H participants spent the week learning various aspects of firefighting and fire safety. They had the opportunity to meet local volunteer firefighters and learn about what they do. At the end of the week, 44 youth were able to tour the LaFargeville Fire Station, sit in the fire trucks, and learn about the equipment used in firefighting and emergency services.
In conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s nutrition program, the youth cooked a special dinner for 17 of the volunteer firefighters as a thank you for their hard work and service. Each youth received a LaFargeville volunteer firefighter T-shirt from the firefighters as a thank you for all their hard work preparing dinner for them.
It was an enlightening learning experience for all involved. One of the firefighters had this to say, “This was a big task for everyone involved, next year will be even better. Now that we have our feet wet it should go easier. I was a nervous about how everything was going to go. But the kids had a great time and the food was great. Without you and your staff none of this would have been possible. I look forward to working with you and the 4-H program more in the future.”
A video of the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/sEKzIVpafnM
–CCE Jefferson County