Hants County safety day helps educate, entertain elementary students

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on June 13, 2015
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<p>Darlene May, a Three Mile Plains Elementary School teacher, got arrested as part of an RCMP safety demonstration much to the chagrin of her students. The elementary kids experienced a wide range of activities at the safety day, including having the chance to climb aboard a large John Deere tractor, try on firefighting equipment, and learn about safe beekeeping practices.</p>

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<p>Students watch and listen intently as they learn about how to properly – and safely – put away a chainsaw.</p>

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<p>Keelie Teal, a Grade 4 student at Three Mile Plains Elementary School, was eager to climb aboard this John Deere tractor June 12.</p>

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<p>Hantsport School students learn about the dangers of getting too close to farm machinery.</p> <p> </p>

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<p>Students had tons of questions for RCMP officer L.M. Hamel during the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day June 12.</p>

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<p>Windsor firefighter Jeffrey Moffat advises Aidan Webb, a Grade 3 Windsor Elementary School student, how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire.</p>

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<p>Volunteer firefighter Frances Oliver explains to Windsor Elementary School students the steps firefighters take to get dressed. The kids had the chance to put on bunker gear during the special event.</p>

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<p>Volunteer firefighter Frances Oliver helps Zhara Acuna and Kody Paradis get into gear June 12.</p> <p> </p>

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<p>Windsor Elementary School students Abi Harvey and Rachael Eisnor try on firefighter gear June 12.</p> <p> </p>

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<p>Windsor Elementary School student Elizabeth Trembley peers out of the cabin of a fire truck wearing a breathing mask June 12. Kids f<span>rom throughout Hants County learned all about safety during Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Windsor.</span></p>

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<p>Zhara Acuna was strapped in and ready to become a firefighter during a June 12 safety day at the exhibition grounds in Windsor.</p>

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<p>Firefighter Mark Hilchey helped keep kids safe as they toured a Windsor fire truck June 12.</p> <p> </p>

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<p>Austin Keizer, a Grade 4 student at Windsor Elementary School, jokes around with Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau during his class visit to the fire department's safety display.</p>

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<p>Scott Maddox and Timothy Rochester ham it up for the camera as they try on firefighter safety gear June 12.</p>

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WINDSOR – Don't let the laughter fool you. The 280 children attending the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Windsor were having more than just a good time June 12.

Angus Ells, the co-ordinator of the event and operations manager for carrots with the Bragg Lumber Company, said the elementary school children were learning a lot about safety too.

“It's to learn about all aspects of safety – not just farm safety,” said Ells of the Oxford Food Group hosted event.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days in North America. There have already been events hosted in Oxford and Truro this year, and three safety days remain – one in Cherryfield, Maine; one in Ste. Isadore, New Brunswick, and one in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island.

Last year, the special event was held in Canning.

There were 13 stations set up at the Hants County Exhibition grounds for kids to explore.

“We have a tractor power take off demonstration outside, which is really fun. The kids love it,” said Ells, noting they use a straw-filled crash test dummy “to show what can happen if they become entangled in a power take off shaft.”

The children learned about beekeeping, lawn and yard safety and even gained some valuable tips from the RCMP and fire department.

“There are two outcomes that we want to happen,” said Ells. “The first one is that they learn something that they can take back and share with their family or with their community.”

The second is to have fun.

Over the noon hour, the students in Grade 3 to 5 were treated to a free barbecue lunch and four bicycles were given away compliments of Green Diamond Equipment. All kids and volunteers received a t-shirt for participating.

“We hugely appreciate the volunteers from the community that come out,” said Ells, noting there were 80 involved for the event.