News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler
Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High
Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager | 708-226-7628

01: Ryan Nolan, a firefighter and paramedic with the Homer Township Fire Protection District, introduces himself to a second-grade class at Schilling School.

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2016
Adopt-a-Firefighter program begins in Homer 33C
Students in Dorene Jonelis’ second-grade class made a new friend recently at Schilling School.
Ryan Nolan, a firefighter and paramedic with the Homer Township Fire Protection District, stopped by their classroom April 22 to introduce himself and talk to students about thunderstorm safety as well as how to locate fire exits.
It’s all part of a community partnership between the school district and the Homer Township Fire Protection District to acquaint students with emergency personnel while presenting various life-safety education topics.
“The goal is to further enhance our delivery of life–safety education to the community,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Dave Bricker, who accompanied Nolan on his first visit to Schilling School.

Firefighters plan to conduct five visits during the school year to review everything from expanded fire safety messages to bike and pool safety to severe weather preparedness.
The program is being piloted at Schilling School this year and will be expanded to include Young School in the future.
During his first visit to Jonelis’ classroom, Nolan reviewed EXIT signs and how students should look for them when they need help finding their way out of a building.
He also reviewed what to do when a thunderstorm occurs while they’re outdoors.
“If you hear the sound of thunder, go to a safe place immediately,” he told students. “The best place to go is a sturdy building. Avoid sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers.”
Each student was sent home with a Thunderstorm Safety information packet to share with their families.
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