Students paid visit by firefighters, learn about fire safety

Goshen. Brian Gallo and Matteo Cirigliano of the Goshen Fire Department tell fifth-graders how best to respond should fire strike

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| 16 Oct 2019 | 05:20

Students at Goshen Intermediate School recently learned about fire safety from local firefighters Brian Gallo and Matteo Cirigliano.

Grade-level assemblies were held Oct. 10 in the auditorium, where the firefighters spoke to students about fire safety and prevention. They discussed the importance of having a family escape plan as well as functional fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

They also stressed that you should never hide during a fire, such as under the bed or in the bathtub – you want to make sure you are visible to the firefighters so they can quickly get you to safety.

The firefighters concluded their presentation with a brief video of fire department footage and taking questions from students.

Gallo and Cirigliano are members of the Goshen Fire Department, which consists of three fire companies: the Cataract Engine & Hose Co., the Dikeman Engine & Hose Co., and the Minisink Hook & Ladder Co. According to the Goshen Fire Department website, the department currently has 180 active volunteers and has responds to an average of 550 calls a year over the past few years. The members of this department average over 5,500 hours in training, drilling, and schooling each year.

For more information, visit the Goshen Fire Department website at