On April 27th, Station 24's C-shift – Lieutenant Carlos and Firefighters Tyson, Tim, and John – visited Beech Elementary School in North Portland to talk with Pre-Kindergarteners about fire safety. Outreach events such as these give Portland firefighters an opportunity to connect with the youngest members of our community in an up-close and personal way, while in a familiar setting for the kids.
In addition to showing kids the fire engine and its various components and functions, firefighters modeled their turnout gear to familiarize the children with what a firefighter would look like if they were ever to meet one in a real fire emergency. Because kids hide when they are scared, we want them to be familiar with what emergency responders may look like and why. Firefighters also talked with the kids about how to use the 9-1-1 system if they or a family member are ever in an emergency situation, as well as basic fire safety and prevention tips. PF&R wishes to thank Beech Elementary School for the opportunity to come and talk to the Pre-K class.
April 28, 2010