Children learn from firemen about fire safety


KINSTON, Lenoir County - It's National Fire Safety Week so what better time is there to learn about it.

More than 200 children learned about that and much more during an event held Wednesday morning at the Kinston Fire Department. An open house gave children the chance to learn everything from how to stop, drop and roll to how to handle and spray a fire hose.

"Out here we had spraying the fire hose, so the kids got to come out and spray some water and have a good time," said Capt. Will Barrs of the Kinston Police Department.

Barrs is the mastermind behind the event, which is in its first year after being canceled because of Hurricane Matthew last year. Barrs believes it's important to teach children at a young age. His goal is to make sure they all know what to do in case of an emergency.

"What we're doing is giving them that little advantage, that little hint that you know kids can remember," Barrs said. "Seeing the fire trucks going to the fire station, it helps them remember stop drop and roll"

Barrs said he was satisfied with how the open house went and is already planning next year's event.