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Four-year-old Declan Pate tries on his new "Junior Firefighter" helmet Thursday during a fire safety visit from the Gloucester Fire Department at the Gloucester Public Schools PreSchool. Lt. Dom Barbagallo visited the preschool to read a story to the children, show them a fire engine and -- especially -- to put on a fire-fighting suit, including mask, and teach them not to be afraid if they're ever in an emergency situation in which a fully clad firefighter approaches them. Fire Prevention Week doesn't start until October 4, but the Gloucester Fire Department has already begun making the rounds. It plans to give age-appropriate presentations at all Gloucester elementary schools, O'Maley Middle School and some nursing homes.