Curley Johnson joined the Lumberton Fire Department in 1994 and a few years later, the department began offering fire prevention lectures/demonstrations to the public.
Recently, Johnson taught Cub Scouts Pack 9 Tigers about fire safety and prevention. The scouts were treated to a full experience including checking out one of the fire engines and enjoying a spaghetti dinner in the fire station compliments of their leader David Carpenter.
“That’s something we normally do. We make ourselves available for scout troops and the general public,” says Johnson.
Johnson said the kids usually have questions and some share their own experiences with house fires. He says there are usually a few of them who say they want to be firefighters when they grow up and over the years some have fulfilled their dreams.
One of the requests that Johnson receives the most from young visitors is that they want to see the fire department’s dog. He says they do not keep the Dalmatian at the station; the dog goes home with one of the paramedics and is brought in when he is available.