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HENDERSON, Ky. (11/13/17) — A couple of weeks ago, the city of Henderson’s Public Information Office was contacted by a resident with a question atypical of most: “Why is Darth Vader hijacking a fire truck on Main Street?”

The answer was easy. It meant the Fire Prevention Team at the Henderson Fire Department was at work again on their favorite creative outlet.
They were working on their annual Fire Prevention Program to present to local schools.

The HFD Team was in the schools during the last part of October and early part of November, and now they were preparing to present their “Star Wars-themed” mini-drama packed with educational information to the public, city officials announced.

The free, public event will take place 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South Middle School. Their show is titled “Empire Attacks the HFD.”

Darth Vader and his henchmen kidnap Fire Chief Scott Foreman and Sparky, and the bad guys take over the fire department.
That’s the cliffhanger. Visitors can find out how it ends at the show.

The goal for the free show at South Middle is to invite all from the community, especially parents, who may have heard about the show from their children and never had an opportunity to see it.

“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of our Fire Prevention Team," Foreman said. "They never cease to amaze me on what they come up with. “They do such a great job at getting the kids interested by using stuff they can relate to. I truly feel that the reduced volume of calls for fire-related emergencies is a direct relation to our program.”

He added that the impact for the program is probably a lot larger than firefighters can imagine.

"Children are like sponges and they pick up on so much, then they go home and tell everybody what they have learned,” the chief said. “It is truly the ripple effect.”

The team believes the two-decade long educational outreach has been doing this type of educational outreach for nearly two decades, has paid off.

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The fire chief was personally involved in many of the performances in the schools this year, city officials noted.

“It is a big commitment for our city, and I feel that this is something the citizens should be very proud of,” Foreman said. “Henderson has supported a program like this for decades, and not to any surprise, we have always led the way in the delivery of our program. You can't put a value on the lessons these children are learning.”

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