DANSVILLE — The Dansville Fire Department holds a Fire Prevention Award Ceremony for Dansville Central students every year, highlighting fire safety for the next generation. 


Greg Horr, Dansville Past Fire Chief, reflected on the impact of the program.


“We have done this for about eight years ourselves, but as a department they have done this program for about 50 years,” he said. “We start planning the fire prevention around June. We have four main things we do. Our primary focus is getting the goodies out for the kids. We get the competition and letters out to the schools. We go to the schools and do presentations for all the grades up to sixth graders. We do an in-house program for the daycares. We do our open house for Fire Prevention Week.”


Dansville Fire Chief Glen Camuto said Sparky always gets an award for his participation in the event as well.


“Sparky makes our fire prevention program a huge success every year,” he said. “We had a really great turnout this year. The reason we do this is for the kids, and they always have a good time.”


Camuto said the fire department is getting a brand new tanker in 2019 for water supply only.


“We go to a lot of rural places with no hydrants, so we need the tanker,” he said. “Often we are going deep in the woods too. The tanker will hold 3,000 gallons of water.”


Big Daddy is going to be replaced by the tanker in 2019. The Jackson Hose Co. truck is over 20 years old.


Camuto said that among the children’s events they do for fire prevention, they also showcase the history.


“Our members help us out a lot. This is something we do every year for the community,” he said. “The kids work extra hard on those essays so they can get the awards.”


This year's Grand Prize winners, Finnegan Hall, Erin Birmingham and Maggie Bacon, won bikes.