4th Grade Fire Education Program
How many times have you already heard the phrase “it’s that time of year again……time for school to start”. Well it is here at the fire department also. This is the time of year that we begin our elementary education program. For the past 5 years the firefighters from all three shifts of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District have visited the 4th grade classes at Oak Grove Elementary School. This program has been very successful with positive feedback coming from students, teachers, administrators and parents. The intent of this program is to work in conjunction with the teachers in providing education not just about fire prevention but educating kids and families about fire and life safety, weather and how their local fire department operates just to name a few. Students get an opportunity to get to know people who work in their community, also see the equipment and facilities that their fire department has.
Each shift (A, B, or C) are assigned 2-3 classes to work with. We go into the classroom or provide activities once a month through the entire school year. We spend around 45 min. to an hour talking and interacting with the kids. Each of the shifts has their own lessons and agendas but the topics are standard throughout the year. The year usually starts out with an introduction of the shift members and the students. We then talk about what our daily routine typically looks like at the fire station and the students are given a tour of the fire engine and the ambulance. We also talk about our backgrounds and fire service experience or how we became interested in this job. Throughout the year we learn about:
- Fire Behavior
- Home escape plans
- Home fire safety
- Holiday safety
- First aid and EMS
- Calling for help with the 911 simulator
- Weather safety
- Fire safety trailer
The 4th grade elementary education program has been a highlight for students and firefighters over the past 5 years. We have been able to educate on the importance of recognizing surroundings, knowing your address, and being able to help get their families out of the house safe in case of fire or emergency. I know I have enjoyed seeing the students, working with the teachers and look forward to another successful 5 years and beyond. Have a great school year!
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