Learning About Fire Safety

Students at The Matheny School were recently visited by three members of the Peapack-Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department: Ed Badger, Kingsley Hill, and John Skinner. They spoke to the students about fire safety, and Hill demonstrated how quickly he could change from civilian clothes into firefighting gear. “The state says we have to get into this gear in two minutes,” he said. “It’s like a suit of armor, but if there’s a chink in the armor, you won’t be able to go as deep into the fire as you would like.” The fire department visit was part of the school’s Anti-Violence Awareness Week, which also included a security drill conducted in cooperation with the Peapack-Gladstone, Bedminster, and Bernardsville police departments.

The Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department has been serving the community since 1905. Its community projects include the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day services, and Fire Prevention Week.

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Matheny student Mohamed Elyamany checks out Kingsley Hill’s firefighting gear.

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Kingsley Hill with, from left, Matheny student Jacob Rolaf, nurse Paul Montesclaros, and student Daniel Gaudreau.