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During a family day last June at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, 10-year-old Vanessa Engram (CQ) takes a look at “Pluggie” the talking fire hydrant – he shoots water too – and is a big hit with youngsters. Pluggie’s job is to help educate kids about fire safety. He’ll be making another personal appearance at Humphreys next month as part of annual Fire Prevention Week, set for Oct. 5th to 11th.

During a family day last June at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, 10-year-old Vanessa Engram (CQ) takes a look at “Pluggie” the talking fire hydrant – he shoots water too – and is a big hit with youngsters. Pluggie’s job is to help educate kids about fire safety. He’ll be making another personal appearance at Humphreys next month as part of annual Fire Prevention Week, set for Oct. 5th to 11th. (Bob McElroy / U.S. Army)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Grown-ups may be more interested in the big new fire truck whose 100-foot tower can reach the top floor of the eight-story apartment houses at Camp Humphreys.

But when Humphreys holds its annual Fire Prevention Week early next month, it’s "Pluggie" the bright red talking fire hydrant who stands to be the main draw for kids. Pluggie is a battery-operated, kid-friendly device about the size and shape of a real hydrant but with a recorded voice that dispenses fire safety tips and shoots water.

"Kids love it," said Robert McElroy, spokesman for the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys.

The garrison’s fire department plans to feature Pluggie and lots else during the Oct. 5-11 event.

This year’s theme is "Prevent Home Fires" and aims to head off fires that start when people leave cooking or lighted candles unattended.

Events start at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Humphreys commissary.

Pluggie will have his own special time Oct. 6 and 8 at the post exchange, and on Oct. 7 at the commissary. There’ll also be fire prevention displays and videos.

Firefighters on Oct. 7 will give briefings and show videos in the foyers at Army Family Housing, buildings 510, 511 and 512.

The fire departments at camps Long and Eagle also will hold fire prevention week activities, to include fire drills, and demonstrations in front of the Camp Long commissary.

For more information on fire prevention week events, call garrison fire chief Anthony J. Marra at: DSN 753-6176.


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