BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - They may be clowns, but fire safety in Peach County is no laughing matter.
The Peach County Fire Safety Clowns are an important part of prevention and education. They have become a hometown staple traveling to camps, schools and churches.
When the crew of clowns aren't battling blazes they are all full-time Peach County fire fighters. They take fighting fires and clowning around seriously.
In order to become a fire safety clown, the fire fighters have to train in rigorous clown school. Once they graduate, they receive a name and an induction into the Georgia Firefighter Clown Society. Firefighters are trained to put on their own makeup and costuming.
It may seem like much for just a volunteer gig, but the crew says it is very rewarding. One particular house fire in 2009 proved that.
"A young girl woke up and her house was on fire. It was a family of six, she woke up and got her family out. When the fire department asked how she knew how to get her family out safely and efficiently, she told the fire department that it was the fire safety clowns that came to her school," said Peach County Fire Fighter Allen Kramer.
Kramer and his crew of clowns say they enjoy meeting with kids and playing around. This past year, the Peach County Fire Safety Clowns traveled across the state spreading their message of prevention.