When it clanged, the students said how loud it was. The big noise made Piper Hipp and Autumn Krieg cover their ears.
But Monday was more than a tour of the Norwalk fire station for Hipp, Krieg and Ethan Siedel. Firefighters selected their home-escape plans as the best ones from Fire Prevention Week. So the children not only had a pizza party with firefighters, they received a $75 Walmart certificate for a bicycle from Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan.
Chief John Soisson said children’s escape plans and what they learn during Fire Prevention Week can make the difference between life and death — vital information they can bring home to their parents. He used the example of a fire that started in a trash can and spread at a local residence, but thanks to firefighters installing smoke detectors two weeks earlier and the crew’s quick response that day, everyone was OK.
“We find the kids have a lot of influence at home,” Soisson said.
Hipp, 9, is the daughter of Scott and Laura, of Norwalk. She is a third-grade student at Norwalk Catholic School.
Krieg, 8, is the third-grade daughter of Ryan and Haylie Beatty, of Norwalk. She attends Pleasant Elementary.
Siedel, also 8, is the son of Rob and Michele, of Greenwich. He is a third-grade student at Trinity Christian Academy in Norwalk.
After the students received their certificates and at pizza, firefighter Ryan Houghtlen gave them a tour of the station and let the children sit in the back seats of two trucks.
Walmart has donated bicycles and the Norwalk Kiwanis has sponsored Fire Prevention Week and donated coloring books for students since the mid-1990s.