HOLLISTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— When Holliston Fire Chief Michael Cassidy couldn't teach children about fire safety in person during the pandemic, he found his own unique way to reach out to the community.
Cassidy started his own web show on Holliston Cable Access called "Story Time with Chief Cassidy." On the show, Cassidy reads children's books about firefighters and fire safety as a way to replace his normal fire safety visits at schools.
"Because the students weren't in a place where I could interact with them and share with them key fire safety behaviors like 'stop, drop, and roll', this [show] was a great way for us to still get our messaging out to students," Cassidy told WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ).
The show has over 3,000 followers on Facebook, where HCAT broadcasts the episodes. Cassidy records episodes every two weeks right from the fire station. Cassidy said he enjoys seeing the comments people leave on the posts.
"Some of them let me know that their grandchildren have been watching from other parts of the country," Cassidy said. "It's been quite surprising the reach that we've had."
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) has the story.