'Progressive Agricultural Safety Day' helps kids

More than 400 safety days are planned throughout the country. The course is a potential life-saver for kids living in rural Wisconsin.

Extinguishing fires is just one hands-on activity kid’s kindergarten through 6th grade went through on Safety Day.

"We do 8 different stations... we always have a group session start out the morning and..we had the Department of Transportation do their rollover safety belt demo," said Dennis Deitelhoff, Coordinator.

About 75 volunteers spent their time and effort to show kids things like first aid, hunter safety and much more.

The Independence Fire Department used the jaws of life on cars, allowing kid’s to see how firefighters get into the car if someone is in an accident.

"So they feel more confident in they are able to get out. Even though they are trapped we will get them out," said Dan Kampa, Independence Fire Department.

"It makes them aware of their surroundings and what’s available to them, and makes them hopefully more comfortable should they need help," said Deitelhoff.

The kids from Buffalo, Trempealeau and surrounding counties say the day was a fun way to learn about safety.

"The part of watching the firefighters rip the car off, they were like using the jaws of life," said 10-year old Clayton Solberg.

"You got to climb up a tree to see up if your hunting and it was fun," said 9-year old Amy Losinski

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  • by Dennis Deitelhoff Location: Galesville, WI on May 5, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    Thank You WEAU TV for your coverage and for allowing Matt Hoffmann to help us out. We have been doing this for 15 years, and always have a full turnout. It is a very rewarding day and many volunteers turn out to help kids to learn safe habits. My Brother Fred died of a farm accident, so I dedicate my efforts in his memory.
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