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For Immediate Release:


Friday, April 21, 2006


Safety Troupe Educates and Entertains



(GOODYEAR, AZ) Ð Every year the Goodyear and Avondale Fire departments join forces to educate elementary school children about safety. The G.A.F Safety Troupe is a cast of fire personnel who perform with clowns and puppets for children in Goodyear, Avondale and Litchfield Park in schools. The children are entertained with colorful sets, props and characters while learning about bike safety, pool safety, seat belts, gun safety, dialing 911 for an emergency, smoke alarms and other safety topics. A new play is enacted each year to emphasize current safety issues and to captivate the children with fresh material.


The troupe has been very successful in teaching the children and having a lot of fun at the same time. ÒThere hasnÕt been a pool drowning in Goodyear in the 14 years that we have been performing,Ó says Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Specialist Robert Marshall, ÒWe greatly attribute this to the influence of our program.Ó


The members of the troupe are: Tanja Tomson, Robert Marshall, Adam Becker, Justin Swenson, Liam Engelhardt and Sheyna Burton of the Goodyear Fire Department and Valerie Russell and Leo Gardunio of the Avondale Fire Department.


The following is the Safety TroupeÕs elementary school performance schedule for Spring 2006:

Apr. 24, Desert Thunder and Wildflower

Apr. 26, Desert Star

May 1, Rio Vista

May 2, Collier and Corte Vista

May 3, Rancho Santa Fe and Canyon Breeze

May 9, Quentin and Garden Lakes

May 10, Lattie Coor

May 11, Littleton and Michael Anderson



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