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New Kensington firefighters pay visit to Martin Elementary School

Brian C. Rittmeyer
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Sheienne Kauffman (left) and Ryhanna Alston, both 5 and kindergarten students at Martin Elementary in New Kensington, sit behind the wheel of a ladder truck with the help of fire Lt. George Shirey outside their school on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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New Kensington assistant fire Chief Vince Sekanick talks about smoke detectors with students at Martin Elementary School in New Kensington on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Pam Williams, a New Kensington fire department safety officer and emergency medical technician, demonstrates firefighting gear for students at Martin Elementary School in New Kensington on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Anthony Ferma, a New Kensington firefighter and custodian at Martin Elementary School, high-fives students as he shows them what firefighters look like in their gear on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Two fire trucks and an ambulance were parked outside Martin Elementary School in New Kensington on Friday morning, but there wasn’t any emergency.

Volunteer firefighters visited the school to talk about fire safety with the school’s kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students and, of course, to show them their trucks.

Assistant fire Chief Vince Sekanick talked with the kids about things such as smoke detectors, the importance of getting out of a house if there’s a fire, having an agreed-upon meeting place, calling 911 and knowing how to stop, drop and roll.

Another important part of the visit was showing students what a firefighter looks like in full gear.

“We want them to not be afraid of us when they see us,” Sekanick said.

Anthony Ferma, a New Kensington firefighter who also works as a custodian at Martin, put on his gear including a self-contained breathing apparatus so students could see what it all looked and sounded like.

“Underneath all this, I’m still Mr. Anthony,” he told them. “I’m still your friend. It’s still me.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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