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Greenwich, CT | Added on June 11, 2014 At 01:30 PM

It's not everyday you hear stop, drop and roll in another language. 

Greenwich firefighter Kevin Coyner gave a fire safety demonstration entirely in Japanese to 20 4th Grade students from the Greenwich Japanese School Wednesday morning. 

"You know we put out fires, we do rescues and respond to other types of incidents. Our job is also about prevention. We like to have school tours come in and try to educate young kids about the dangers of fire, what they should do if their house is on fire or any other kinds of emergencies like that," said Coyner.

Students learned about the role of firefighters, what happens during a fire and got an up close look at the gear they wear.

"We're covered head to toe. If it were a rescue situation and there were a trapped child in a smoke filled room and he is alert and he sees us come in, we don't want him to run away from us. We want him to come to us so we can get him out. We like to make sure they are comfortable with us and we want them to think of firefighters as people who are helpful and friendly and to be trusted," added Coyner.

Students were able to ask questions and even got an opportunity to use a fire hose.

"I like the fire truck. It's really big," said Madoka, a 4th grader at the Greenwich Japanese School.

Chahiro, a 4th grader at the Greenwich Japanese School said "I learned that firefighters do many different kinds of jobs."

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