Promoting fire safety to kids through Asher, the Firefighter Bear

Kawartha Lakes – Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Services has partnered up with the Lindsay East and District Lions Club to launch a new fire safety program using Asher, the Firefighter Bear.

Fire Rescue Services will be distributing teddy bears, dressed as firefighters, to grade one classrooms across the municipality. Each bear, named Asher, will come with a scrapbook to record their fire safety adventure and a fire safety checklist to complete at home with their caregivers. The program encourages classrooms to share the bear amongst the students, giving everyone an opportunity to bring Asher home for a week or weekend for a fire safety visit.

“By using Asher the Firefighter Bear, we are encouraging kids at a young age to be aware of all of the fire safety risks that may exist at home,” explained Alana Erwood, Fire Prevention Inspector and Public Educator for Kawartha Lakes Fire Services. “Asher will encourage the students to perform activities in their own house, with their family members, to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety.” 

The Lindsay East and District Lions Club has generously donated the funds of $930.78 to purchase the bears for the fire safety program.  

“We’re very excited about being a part of the initiative and are proud to support Fire Services in promoting safety education to children,” stated Donna Huelin, President of the Lindsay East and District Lions Club. “Asher the Firefighter Bear is a creative way to get kids thinking early about fire safety.”

Grade one and half split teachers may request the program through Fire Services Public Education to support their community safety curriculum:

Alana Erwood
Fire Prevention Inspector and Public Educator
Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Services  

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