Waupaca firefighters visited 20 families Wednesday, Oct. 12, to deliver pizza vouchers and promote safety.
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, the program raises awareness about the need for smoke detectors and emergency exit plans for homes.
“Our primary goal is to make sure families have smoke detectors. We’ve been doing this for years, so most homes had a working detector,” according to Eric Halverson with the Waupaca Area Fire District. “But if they need one, we’ve made arrangements to get them.”
The firefighters will also lead the family in conducting an emergency exit drill from the house.
“We show them the easiest way to get out and how to crawl out of the house,” Halverson said.
The children are also given an opportunity to look inside a fire truck.
The Waupaca fire department partnered with Wheelhouse Restaurant in King to provide the free pizzas.
Students at the local elementary schools were given a form for their parents to sign. Families were selected by a random drawing of the forms.
Ten firefighters in five trucks visited the homes.
“We never have a shortage of guys volunteering to do the pizza run on Fire Prevention Week,” Halverson said. “It’s fun and the kids think it’s pretty cool when a fire truck comes to their house.”