Because of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and difficulties it has created for local schools, the Fire and Life Safety Division of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services decided to give area teachers an option when it came to fire safety education.

“We knew it would be hard to visit the preschools and schools as we normally would. The videos offer a choice for the teachers,” Senior Fire Educator Lisa Grisham said.

Recently, Public Information Officer Tim Cavender worked with Grisham and fire educators Beth Elder and Kevin Bruce to create a series of fire safety videos. These videos allow teachers and students whose classrooms are social distancing, as well as those who are learning from home, the ability to receive all the important information fire safety events with the fire department covers while still staying safe. The videos will be used through the Canvas program in the local schools and via video links from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services website, or by request.

“We are in unprecedented times where overcoming obstacles is the name of the game,” Grisham said. “Education is still just as important. Our team of educators understands and is working to offer multiple types of learning opportunities to get the important lessons of fire prevention to families in Cherokee County. We are working hard to create a library of fire safety videos for all ages that can be utilized by Cherokee County Schools, or downloaded for community members from our website or viewed on the Cherokee County Fire Facebook page.”

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