Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village announces new additions

ASHVILLE – The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village has two great new additions that have made classes twice as exciting. After receiving a grant from FEMA, the Safety Village was able to purchase the Sparky and Pumper Motor package. Sparky is an animated dalmatian dog who drives his fire truck, Pumper.

Together they assist the class instructors in teaching some valuable fie safety lessons. Today, was Sparky’s first day in the classroom. When he suddenly came to life, there were plenty of wide eyes and smiling faces. Pre-K and kindergarten students from Ripley were all smiles as they interacted with Sparky.

“He is a great asset to our team,” said Executive Director Terri Kindberg. “The children are so attentive when they are listening to Sparky and the excitement on their faces is priceless.”

The Children’s Safety Village was also able to purchase the BullsEye Digital Flame Panel and the Laser Fire Extinguisher which senses where the user aims and sweeps the laser training extinguisher and automatically varies the LED driven digital flames in response. This allows trainees to learn how to effectively use a fire extinguisher without the cost and clean-up associated with using dry-chemical or CO2 extinguishers. The BullsEye’s electronic control system responds to the trainees’ actions, putting the fire out only when the extinguisher is used correctly.

These items are used in the Advanced Fire Safety Classes. Young children are taught to “get out and stay out.” However, older students can begin to learn how to operate a fire extinguisher.

This system is great for students to practice on and is very cost effective.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is located in Ashville. It is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1996. The DFT Communica-tions Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything you would find in an actual Village. The purpose of the Safety Village is to educate children, primarily in the areas of Traffic, Bike and Fire Safety. Our goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities in our community by allowing children to experience hands-on lessons that they will remember.

The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from a generous community. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

For more information or to make a donation, contact: Executive Director Terri Kindberg, 2695 Route 394 Ashville, NY 14701 or online at