Martinsville, Henry County teach young students about fire safety

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Martinsville Fire Department and Henry County Public Safety are teaching kids about fire safety, at a young age.

Wednesday, they were at Clearview Early Learning Center talking to pre-kindergarten students.

They showed them smoke detectors and told them what they should do when one goes off.

They dressed up a teacher and told them not to be afraid of firefighters in their uniforms.

Finally, they went over fire drills, and finding a safe space to get away from fire and smoke.

"It's a good way for us to get out there in the community, let the children see us so they're not afraid of us and to let them know that we are helpers and we're there to do what we can for them," says Martinsville Deputy Fire Marshal, Andy Powers.

The program was short and sweet, but the students learned a lot.

The students even got to meet Sparky, the fire department mascot!