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Shasta County Fire Prevention Officers Association Buys Trailer, Teaches Fire Prevention

Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:55:03 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 02:00:00 AM CST

We all learn not to play with fire as a kid, and now the Shasta County Fire Prevention Officers Association has a new tool to help.

The association now owns a trailer specifically designed to help teach people fire safety.

The trailer was paid for when Shasta County Fire Prevention Officers Assoc. received a $65,000 Fire Prevention Safety Grant from FEMA.

The trailer looks like a normal camper from the outside, but has smoke machines, heaters, lights and sirens inside to simulate the effects of a fire.

The smoke system uses water-based smoke and can fill one entire room in less than 30 seconds.

In the other room, officials will focus on teaching people how to keep themselves from causing a fire in their homes.  They even have simulation trash-can and stovetop fires.

The Shasta County Fire Prevention Officers Assoc. said they will use the trailer to augment the fire prevention education they provide in schools.  The smoke will help give children and adults alike a real feel for the possible challenges involved in escaping from a burning house.

The association said they plan to bring the trailer to schools around Shasta County and they have already arranged to open the trailer up for use at the Shasta District Fair in June.