Alamo students learned a lot about fire safety and prevention on Friday, October 13th when the Alamo Township Fire Department and ESCAPE, Inc. came to visit for the day.
Each grade level spent about 30 minutes with firefighters learning about different aspects of fire safety and prevention. They met Jake the Fire Safety Dog with ESCAPE, Inc. ESCAPE firefighters talked to the students about having an escape plan for their house and what to do in case of a fire. Alamo Township firefighters also gave them information in their classroom before they headed outside. Students watched a video and then got to talk with firefighters, see how a thermal imaging camera works and climb through a fire truck.
One of the highlights, as well, is getting to high five a firefighter who has all of his fire gear on. The firefighters like to do this so kids can see what firefighters look like (in the mask and protective clothing) when they respond to a fire. This way, kids won't be afraid if they see them at a real fire.
This has become an annual tradition for the Alamo Township Fire Department to come and spend the day with Alamo students for fire prevention. Along with a lot of knowledge, they also give the kids something fun to take home like a coloring book, fire hat, pencil, etc. They also stay while the school conducts one of its fire drills to offer any advice or suggestions on how to stay safe in the case of a real fire.