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Fire prevention unit visits First Nations, rural areas to educate kids

Daniella Ponticelli, CTV Winnipeg

It’s never too late in the school year for a lesson in fire safety.

Leading up to summer, a mobile fire prevention unit will head to a number of rural areas and First Nation schools to teach students how to avoid a fire and what to do in an emergency.

On its first stop in Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, the mobile team taught kindergarten to Grade 4 students from Sgt. Tommy Prince School.

Part of the lesson included a detailed escape plan. Kids practiced crawling to an open window and climbing out to meet at a designated safe point.

"A lot of the tragedies happen when there is no plan. You're trying to round everyone up in absolute chaos,” educator Bailee Ploshynsky said.

While the program is aimed at children, educators hope the lessons learned will be passed on to adults in the communities to save lives.

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