Firefighters conduct "real-life" fire drill for students

Published: Oct. 9, 2009 at 1:54 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM CST
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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- Students at Asbury school got a big surprise Thursday afternoon when fire trucks, firemen, and smoke filled their school.

It was a simulated fire burning in one of the classrooms.

10-year-old Alana Pilkinton, along with her classmates followed their teachers to safety.

"She made us put our books down and line up," said Alana.     
With the school finally empty, the teachers counted their students outside as firemen entered the school. That's when teachers realize three students are missing.
Firemen search classrooms, bathrooms, and closets, and a few minutes later, the children were found.

It might have look like the real thing, but it was just a demonstration.  The school has done the fire demonstration for about 4 years.

"We try to give the students a sense of what it would be like if we have an emergency, and this is the most realistic the fire department can get to an emergency," said Principal Susan Collins.

"We want safety to be the most top priority for our students while they're at school," added Assistant Principal Amy Price.

The 30 minute drill is a way for students and teachers to learn what to do in case a real fire happens in the school, and for students like Alana, it's a valuable lesson.

"You have to be quick to get out before the firemen come," said Alana.

WAFF 48 News asked what her favorite part about the drill.  She responded, "missing math class (laughter)".

The Asbury Volunteer Fire Department does this demonstration once a year during October, which is Fire Prevention Month.

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