The Mineola Fire Department hosts a number of school children during the year at its headquarters. St. Martin de Porres first-graders have been coming to Mineola for a number of years to learn about fire safety and see how they can learn about the importance of fire prevention. The students recently visited the department once again, and after a short video, were given a tour of the firehouse and its fire trucks and equipment. The highlight of the tour was when the students got the chance to get on the fire trucks, and try on real firemen’s gear. After the tour, all the students received a plastic fire helmet and coloring book to take back to school with them. The first-graders provided the Mineola firemen with a poster of thanks in giving their time to teach them about fire prevention.