Amarillo FD Reports Impressive Zero Fire Death

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The Amarillo Fire Department has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of fire-related deaths since taking delivery of their SCOTTY Fire Safety House and the inception of their fire prevention and safety program.

Children lean to crawl low to safety during a presentation in this SCOTTY Fire Safety House.

The surviving girl told fire investigators that she had been through the Amarillo Fire Department (SCOTTY) Fire Safety House where she was taught to escape by always going away from smoke and fire, never toward it.

The department reported a dramatic drop in fire-related deaths in 2009- zero to be exact. This type of success is rarely seen and is a staggering success for the department’s fire prevention education program.

They are convinced that children are responsible for saving not only their own lives, but also the lives of their families.

Captain Bob Johnson, fire safety education specialist for the department, attributes this largely to their SCOTTY Fire Safety House and the fire safety and prevention lessons that he and his department teach to area school students. The program targets 3rd graders at 48 local schools year round.

Johnson explained the circumstances surrounding a November, 2008, house fire in which a 10-year-old girl knew how to react during a fire. “The surviving girl told fire investigators that she had been through the Amarillo Fire Department (SCOTTY) Fire Safety House where she was taught to escape by always going away from smoke and fire, never toward it.”

Six of the 7 occupants escaped the fire including the 10-year-old who tried to save her older sister, 12, by encouraging her sister to follow her out of the building via a bedroom window.

Johnson elaborated, “The surviving girl told fire investigators that she and her sister woke up and went to the door of the bedroom where they looked toward the living room and saw fire. The 10-year-old told her sister that they couldn’t go that way, and they had to go out the bedroom window… she broke the window out with her hand, crawled through and jumped to the ground. She said she turned and thought that her sister had followed her, but instead, she had gone toward the living room.”

The trailer-based SCOTTY Fire Safety House is manufactured by Mobile Concepts by Scotty, a specialty vehicle manufacturer located 50 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hands-on mobile classroom is designed to resemble the out- and inside so that children feel more at ease and are better able to apply the lessons being taught.

The “house” comes fully-equipped with options for a life-like kitchen area, living room with fireplace and telephone system for practice calling 9-1-1, bedroom with heated door, control room, smoke machine, severe weather simulator, escape windows and ladders as well as many other features. For more information, visit http://www.MobileConcepts.com

Further proof of the effectiveness of the SCOTTY Fire Safety House lessons and prevention programs can be obtained on the Testimonials and Documented Saves portion of the manufacturer’s website. http://www.mobileconcepts.com/testimonials.aspx

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