Visiting Stowell were firefighters Danny Essig, Sean McHargue and Michael Forrest.

A team of Hannibal firefighters presented a fire-safety message to a group kindergarteners at Stowell Elementary School on Wednesday morning. That visit was one of many stops firefighters will make to Hannibal schools during the course of Fire Prevention Week.

While designated to run Oct. 8 through 14, Fire Prevention Week is observed longer in America’s Hometown.

“We have so many stops to make we observe it over two weeks,” said Shane Jaeger, a training officer with the Hannibal Fire Department, explaining that firefighters will be traveling to both public and private schools, plus some day cares.

Visiting Stowell were firefighters Danny Essig, Sean McHargue and Michael Forrest.

Among other things, Essig explained to his young audience what to do if their clothing ever catches fire. McHargue put on all his firefighting gear so that youngsters would not be afraid of a firefighter if they were to ever encounter one in a smoke-filled house.

A highlight for the youngsters was to exchange “high fives” with HFD mascot, Fire Pup.

Another treat was being taken on a tour of the department’s new ladder truck. When asked who would like a chance to get in the truck a cheer erupted.

“Who wouldn’t want to sit in a firetruck?” asked Forrest with a smile as he helped the children climb safely down from the truck’s personnel compartment.

In addition to presenting safety programs, firefighters have been conducting fire drills at schools. According to Jaeger, Tuesday’s rain showers put the department a little behind schedule in the drills.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com