Sparky the fire-safe dog joined Winnemucca City Firemen showing WGS students how they fight fires.
Sparky the fire-safe dog joined Winnemucca City Firemen showing WGS students how they fight fires.
Winnemucca Grammar School (WGS) Students spent a cold but fun hour on their playground Monday as they moved between talks and demonstrations by several local fire departments. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) firefighters with Smokey Bear joined firemen from the City of Winnemucca Fire Department with Sparky the fire dog, firemen from Winnemucca Rural Fire Department, and Nevada Division of Forestry to tell students about firefighting and how they can be fire-safe.

When the children visited the BLM’s fire truck, they had the opportunity to don helmets and fire jackets and shoot water from the big fire hoses.

The visits from area fire departments were a kick-off activity for the school’s celebration of reading week. What do firemen and fire trucks have to do with reading week? This year’s theme centered on reading around the campfire — which formed the excuse to start the week off with exciting activities involving firemen, WGS Principal Jonathan Reynolds told the school board.

“We have a lot of stuff going on,” Reynolds said. “We did a ‘Stop, Drop and Read flash mob, we did poem in a pocket, read your t-shirts and campfire songs with the band. We have a lot of stuff going on. It all provides excitement, interest and motivation to involve the kids.”