25th Farm Safety Day in Curtis

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Farm safety day finds a way to apply to all students lives, not just those who live on the farm. Area 5th and 6th graders attended the 25th annual progressive agriculture safety day in Curtis today.

Volunteer Kim Mortensen said it's a great community effort each year working to make the safety presentations interesting and hands on.

"Confusion with all the flooding, we had to redo some stuff. The State Fire Marshall couldn't come so the Curtis Fire Department stepped up. Within 24 hours they said we could do a session for you. Just like so many of our small communities the volunteers that make everything work are helping us get Farm Safety together today," said Mortensen.

Medicine Valley FFA members Tristan Smith and Sydney Veldhuizen gave students instructions for staying safe around all kinds of animals.

"Everyone that lives on the farm, we don't really acknowledge it because we're set in our ways. Our parents taught us a way and that's how we're going to do it and it might not always be the safest. Today gives knowledge to town kids that come out. You should teach them a different way so they don't follow in your footsteps and get hurt," said Veldhuizen.

Other demonstrations included a mock 911 dispatch call and seat belt safety presentation with a crash emulator.

Presenters hope that students walk away from the day with a better knowledge of preventing accidents, and knowing what to do when they find themselves in emergencies.