New Fire Prevention coloring book features Natchitoches scenes, Ash the Alligator

Natchitoches Fire Prevention Chief Kory Leo was recognized at the July 24 City Council meeting for his work to enhance the quality of fire prevention materials the department uses to education children throughout the parish.

“The most important tools that any of us can have in our toolbox is our employees,” said Natchitoches Fire Chief John Wynn, while introducing Leo and his work on the project.

Leo wanted to put something in the hands’ of children that was memorable, while being educational at the same time. He reached out to the Cane River National Heritage Area and other community partners to illustrate, design and create a custom fire safety coloring book that has scenes from the riverbank, Northwestern State University, the Grady Irwin Nature Area, Kisatchie, and more.

This will help kids connect to the educational material as they recognize places they know. A coloring book will be put in the hand of every student in Kindergarten through third grade in the entire parish. The coloring pages will also be added to the City’s website for anyone to download, color and enjoy.

Future plans include the creation of a life-size mascot of Ash the Alligator.