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Updated: 6/12/2013 6:57 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Firefighters at Station 4 in Oxford are showing kids, between the ages of 6 and 12, the tools of the trade. 

The 5th Annual Fire Academy for Kids is in full swing. 

The week long program helps prepare the younger generation for what to do in the event of an emergency.

"It's important to learn about fire safety. In case your friend's house catches on fire, your house catches on fire. Just to keep your friends and your house and your family safe," said Cara Anne Sallis, an academy student.

"I've learned how to keep your family safe in a fire and how to make a family plan to get out of the house when there is a fire," said Nicholas Cohen.

The academy also teaches kids what to do if there is a fire at school or a public place. 

"We cover all the basics in a school setting. Then we take them to a room. We fill the room full of smoke. They have to check the door show that it's hot, and then they have to crawl out the window- get out to their safe meeting place. And, then we make them go dial 911," said Fire and Safety Coordinator William Stewart.

The activities also demonstrate what firefighters deal with when they respond to an emergency.

"Each day that we're here, we do spend two hours of doing stuff of the things that we do. We do spend an hour on the education part so knowing what do in case something was to happen to them," Stewart said.

"Some of these kids don't know fire safety because they don't teach it in school. This is where they do teach fire safety, and it is important to know that," Sallis stated.

The fire academy is free because the Oxford Fire Department pays for all expenses. 

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