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This afternoon, close to 75 kindergartners from Chief Joseph School in North Portland received a visit and fire safety talk from Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 8 truck crew.
Lieutenant Jason and Firefighter Sultan joined together to walk the young students through the process of dialing 9-1-1, how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire, what a smoke alarm sounds like, and safety procedures and escape tactics they can use in the unfortunate case of a fire at school or at home.
Lieutenant Jason explained the difference between “tools” and “toys,” and used an interactive lesson to teach kids to be aware of their own role in avoiding dangerous situations with matches and lighters.
Firefighter Sultan donned his turnouts and breathing apparatus to show kindergartners that although firefighters may look scary during a fire, it’s important to know they are their friends and it's important not to hide or be afraid.
The young students and teachers then joined Captain Phil and Firefighters David and Aaron outside of the school to explore Truck 8.
Students were excited to see and touch the firefighting equipment that Truck 8 carries, but the highlight of the day was the chance to step into the truck’s bucket and experience what it’s like to be a firefighter!
Talk To Your Child About Fire Safety
Many fires are preventable. By practicing safety behaviors and removing or monitoring known fire dangers in a home, you can help reduce the chance of a fire. Make safety a regular part of your family's routine and keep your home the safe, comforting place it is always meant to be. Remember these fire safety tips and stay safe:
Portland Fire & Rescue
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March 31, 2011