County 4-H offering fire safety classes


Tribune Staff Reports

Interested in learning about fire safety? Do you want to help extinguish a real fire? Are you interested in learning more about the job of a firefighter?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Jackson County 4-H Fire Safety SPARK Club may be the thing for you.

Donald Schnitker, chief of the Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department, will be leading the three sessions, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 2, 9 and 23 at the fire department, 6905 N. County Road 400E, Cortland.

He will be assisted by 4-H volunteer Doug Borcherding and various community members, who will serve as guest speakers. The classes are designed to teach participants how to handle emergencies to keep themselves and others safe now and in the future.

This activity is open to all Jackson County youth in grades 3 through 12, regardless of their current involvement in Jackson County 4-H.

During the April 2 session, participants will develop a fire exit strategy plan, identify common fire hazards and learn how to place an emergency 911 call.

During the April 9 session, youth will identify three different types of fires and practice extinguishing these types of fires properly. Those attending this class are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, a coat and a snug pair of gloves. Long hair must be pulled back. Attendees will extinguish a controlled fire at this session with the help of a volunteer firefighter.

Participants will learn about different careers in the emergency field, meet various service workers and ask questions during the final session April 23.

To register, call the Purdue Extension Jackson County office at 812-358-6101 or email Heather VonDielingen at [email protected].

The cost is free to current 4-H members who have paid their program fees. For youth not currently enrolled in 4-H, there is a $20 program fee that provides access to all Jackson County 4-H activities throughout the year. The registration deadline is March 30.

For information about Jackson County 4-H, visit or “like” Purdue Extension Jackson County on Facebook.

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