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Safety village welcomes two new additions to its facility

February 13, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ASHVILLE - The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village has two great new additions making classes twice as exciting.

After receiving a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency, the safety village was able to purchase the Sparky and Pumper Motor package. Sparky is an animated Dalmatian dog that drives his fire truck, "Pumper." Together they assist class instructors in teaching some valuable fire safety lessons. At Sparky's first day in the classroom, there were plenty of wide eyes and smiling faces when he suddenly came to life. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students from Ripley were all smiles as they interacted with Sparky.

"He is a great asset to our team," village Executive Director Terri Kindberg said. "The children are so attentive when they are listening to Sparky and the excitement on their faces is priceless."

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RSVP Volunteer Don Nelson, left, who assists the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village with classes and events, and Fire Safety Instructor Kathy Abbate, right, who teaches the fire safety classes, stand with the newest member of the village’s team, Sparky and his fire truck Pumper, along with the new Digital Screen and Laser Fire Extinguisher.

The safety village was also able to purchase the BullsEye Digital Flame Panel and the Laser

Fire Extinguisher which senses where the user aims and sweeps the laser training extinguisher, automatically varying the LED driven digital flames in response. This allows trainees to learn how to effectively use a fire extinguisher without the cost and clean up associated with using dry-chemical or CO2 extinguishers. The BullsEye's electronic control system responds to the trainees' actions, putting the fire out only when the extinguisher is used correctly.

These items are used in our Advanced Fire Safety Classes. The village teaches young children to, "get out and stay out." However, older students can begin to learn how to operate a fire extinguisher. Many adults still do not know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, so this system is great for students to practice on and is very cost effective.

The safety village is grateful for the FEMA funding which allowed it to purchase these items to assist with its classes. The students will benefit greatly from their use. The hands-on training they receive at the Chautauqua Children's Safety Village may one day save their life.

The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village is located in Ashville, NY. It is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1996. The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything found in an actual village.

The purpose of the safety village is to educate children, primarily in the areas of traffic, bike and fire safety. Its goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities in the community by allowing children to experience hands-on lessons that they will remember.

The safety village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from a generous community. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Terri Kindberg Executive Director at, 499-8138, 338-017 or 2695 Route 394, Ashville, N.Y. 14701.



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