Department of Public Protection
Bardstown Students Learn Home Fire Safety Tips

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760, ext. 239  

           Second-grade students at Bardstown Primary School learned valuable fire safety advice from “Fireman Joe,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Richard Peddicord and others yesterday during a presentation specially arranged at the request of the Bardstown Fire Department.


            Some 250 students from nine classes took part in a series of sessions in which five presenters discussed home evacuations, smoke detectors and home prevention steps.


            “The kids were very attentive and engaged, and we hope they will take our suggestions home to their parents,” Peddicord said. “If our advice deters one home fire or saves one life, it was well worth the effort.”


            “Fireman Joe” is Joe Stambush, a veteran firefighter who conducts fire prevention education programs for several northern Kentucky school systems. Stambush is chairman of the Kentucky Firefighters Association public education committee, which helped coordinate the presentation. Also sponsoring was the Kentucky Fire Commission, which is affiliated with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.


            Bardstown continues to come to grips with the loss of 10 residents during a house fire on Feb. 6. When Stambush was asked to participate, it was an easy decision to make. A 46-year veteran of firefighting, he has seen first hand the emotional impact of a fire on a community, especially its children.


            “I just felt a personal need to go down there and do this,” he said.


            In a series of 50-minute sessions, the students watched videos and heard presenters talk about how to prevent fires by making sure that family members don’t smoke in bed or leave candles burning. They also learned that a smoke detector must have its battery replaced once a year. Each child received a packet of fire-safety educational pamphlets.


            The State Fire Marshal staff is in the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction. The office is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.