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Richardton summer safety course teaches protocols of emergencies

Kid Safety Courses in Richardton are in full swing, as each Tuesday throughout the summer officials from the police department, fire department, ambulance crews and even the game warden, have taught safety to area kids.

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A girl practices her fire safety skills in costume. The Richardton Kid Safety Courses have finished up its 2021 summer session, with hopes to get more children on board for next year. (Dickinson Press File Photo)

It’s more than stop, drop and roll in Richardton as children have gathered on each Tuesday throughout the summer for Kid Safety Courses, learning the ins and outs of safety from first responders and more.

The free course is led by Audrey Kuntz, who’s an EMT for the Richardton-Taylor Ambulance District. Each summer, Kuntz teams up with the local police and fire departments as well as game wardens from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to provide children in the area the importance of safety, giving them tips and advice on how they should react if they ever come across an emergent situation.

“Everyone gets involved,” Kuntz said. “ I offer it as a community service to the parents and kids in the area.”

The classes cover everything from fire, bike and gun safety to recognizing the signs of stranger danger. The courses also teach the importance of road and helmet safety as well as poison control. Each child is given an identification card complete with fingerprints.

Kuntz said she began the classes after watching a local child in the area riding his bike outside, recognizing the importance of basic bike safety. From there, the course has grown with now having local officials representing other entities such as police and fire service.

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Though the 2021 summer course has come to a close, Kuntz is hoping for a full class of eager students next summer who are excited to learn from emergency personnel and outdoor recreation crews. For more information on the Kid Safety Courses in Richardton, contact Kuntz at 701-290-6752.

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