Elementary school students take part in Fire and Life Safety Expo in Utica

Around 40 local schools participated in Friday's activities.

Posted: May 31, 2019 12:29 PM
Updated: May 31, 2019 2:32 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association is hosting the Fire and Life Safety Expo.

Close to 1,000 first through fourth grade students from around the area were able to learn about a number of safety issues.

The students were exposed to all the various tools used in firefighting, how to make a 911 call, there was a trauma demonstration, and they even learned about bike safety.

Around 40 local schools participated in Friday's activities.

“We're hoping the kids will at least take home a little bit about the fire safety, and how to be safe at home. With the trauma presentation I'm sure they're teaching them accident prevention, injury prevention. The 911 Center teaching them to call 911. We're hoping they take home enough information to share with their families what they learned so that we can make everybody safer,” said Rome Deputy Fire Chief Mark Kohlbrenner.

The expo is named after Mark Kohlbrenner's father, Robert Kohlbrenner. The expo has been around for over 25 years.

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