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SPFD Firefighters Visit Scotch Plains Public Library

Skip Paal reads Curious George and the Firefighters to children at the library.
Skip Paal, Lanora Melillo, Michelle Willis, and Town Manager Al Mirabella.
Members of the Scotch Plains Fire Department.
Firefighters display the protective equipment needed to withstand heat and smoke.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – As part of the “Every Hero Has a Story” series, members of the SPFD visited the Scotch Plains Public Library on Saturday to share their favorite stories and perform fire safety demonstrations.

Battalion Chief Skip Paal sat with children and read Curious George and the Firefighters by H. A. Rey, and also shared fire safety tips.

Nearly 100 guests attended the event, where SPFD firefighters demonstrated a firetruck’s extension ladder capabilities and how a firehose works.

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“Every Hero Has a Story” is a nationwide reading program coordinated by the Collaborative Summer Library Program that encourages young children to read by inviting local heroes to the library.

Previous guests included Bill Boesenberg, a wild animal expert from Snakes n Scales, and Abby Pinsky, a surgeon located in Edison.

For more information about summer reading programs, call the Scotch Plains Public library at (908) 322-5007 or visit

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