Fire Department

Fire Department reviews fire safety with culinary arts class
Posted on 09/13/2022
Jessica Coleman and Tyler Gutterman.

The Poplar Bluff Fire Department discussed fire safety with culinary arts students of the Technical Career Center on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Administrative Building.

The first responders are invited to the class as part of an annual series about kitchen safety in advance of the Mules Café reopening to the public, scheduled for October this semester. The visit followed an earlier lesson from R-I Health Director Bailey Hester about performing CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and using an EpiPen in emergency situations.  

“Kindergartners get to interact with community heroes,” said culinary arts instructor Brandon Moon, “but when the kids get older and the techniques are more likely to be needed, we don’t want them to forget what to do.”

Local firefighters volunteer each year to demonstrate how to extinguish different types of fires. Firefighter Jamie Watson noted that the Fire Department will go wherever asked, as a tax-funded entity, but above all they “do not want to see kids getting hurt.” Later in the week, department officials visited Mark Twain School to speak with students about the firefighting career path.

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Cutline: TCC senior Jessica Coleman extinguishes a controlled fire under the supervision of firefighter Tyler Gutterman.

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