Teaching fire safety

Learn Not to Burn travels throughout Northern Peninsula    

Published on May 16, 2017

Sparky the Fire Dog and Learn Not to Burn coordinator Tom Yetman have some fun with the kids during one of the safety sessions in Flower’s Cove.

NORTHERN PENINSULA, NL – Learn Not to Burn helped spread knowledge of fire safety for youths throughout the Northern Peninsula over the past two weeks.

From May 2-11, Learn Not to Burn coordinator Tom Yetman was in the area to deliver presentations to primary students on fire awareness and safety. Yetman gave presentations at schools in Daniel’s Harbour, Roddickton, Englee, Cook’s Harbour, St. Lunaire-Griquet, Plum Point, Woody Point and Cow Head.

He also gave a presentation to the community, with the help of the Straits Volunteer Fire Department in Flower’s Cove on May 9. Adults and children attended this event.

Straits Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Hank Diamond poses with a possible young future firefighter, Liam Burke-Bussey, in Flower’s Cove.

“It was a great opportunity for the general public to come to one of our stations to learn more about the emergency services, different equipment and how it is so important to have and keep these services in the area,” said Hank Diamond, the Straits Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief.

That open house presentation was held at the Straits’ Station One fire hall. Diamond thanked everyone who came out to it as well as the firefighters, the ladies auxiliary and junior firefighters who helped make the evening a successful event.

Sparky the Fire Dog was also around to enliven the experience for both the young and the old.

Yetman says it’s important to try to incorporate a bit of humour and fun into the proceedings, despite the serious subject matter. In his experience, he says children retain information when they’re engaged and having fun.

Learn Not to Burn is sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services. Yetman drives all around the province for the program, visiting different schools each year. He delivers the presentations himself.