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Date of Issue: October 13, 2005

Wet and wild

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West Manatee Fire and Rescue Firefighter Paul Hopkins shows Heather Bosch's first-grade class the equipment firefighters wear to protect themselves from smoke and flames. The students learned about fire prevention and were encouraged to talk to parents about fire safety. This year's fire-safety focus was "blow out and keep out" candles the cause of a large number of fires. Also pictured from WMFR is firefighter Buddy Bowen. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

West Manatee Fire and Rescue Firefighter Paul Hopkins let AME first-graders spray the firehose on the front lawn of Anna Maria Elementary School. Behind the nozzle is an excited Anna Albers.