The yellow signs on the outside of some buildings means a little more than some might think.
Fire Station one isn’t just another fire station – it’s also a safe place for kids who find themselves in tough situations. Assistant Chief Duane Hughes said having this designation is an honor. “Fire stations in Columbus and around the nation have always been considered safe places for kids. It’s just great that we get that information out and those children know that whether they’re maybe facing an abusive situation or they’re lost, whatever it may be, they can come to fire stations and receive the help they need,” Hughes said.
Safe Place is a national organization that helps connect kids who are in danger with counselors. Sally Kate Winters in West Point saw the need and has trained 34 businesses and offices in Northeast Mississippi on how to better help a child.