Smokey Bear Teams With Exeter FFA

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Smokey poses with the Exeter FFA officer team. From left: Mykah Estes, Savannah Jones, Riley Still, Yvonne Bradford, Smokey (Wyatt Hoppes), Smokey Bear Coordinator Ron Brown, Lane Willis, Macy Barrett and Vanessa Ward. They are lead by FFA Advisor Rachael Brown. Contributed photo

On Feb. 8, Exeter FFA planned and presented a first of its kind special visit in Missouri for Exeter Elementary from the famous advocate for fire safety and wildfire awareness, Smokey Bear.

The wildfire prevention and fire safety presentation focused on teaching students pre-K through fourth grade what to do if they are in a house fire, the number to call if there’s a fire, EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home), and how to best prevent a wildfire. Wildfire prevention is important with the location of many camping sites and forests in our area such as Roaring River State Park.

Wildfire prevention tips include not playing with fire, never leaving a campfire unattended, always making sure that you put fires out completely before leaving the site, and even just taking notice of the weather before burning trash or making s’mores.

Smokey Bear takes pictures with pre-K through fourth grade along with Exeter FFA Officer Team. Contributed photo

Smokey then visited each classroom to drop off bags of goodies for the students. “The Exeter FFA would like to once again thank all the men and women involved in emergency services, fire prevention, and fire education,” a press release said.