On October 10, Sparky the Fire Dog visited elementary classrooms with members of the Swan Hills Fire Department. “Every Second Counts; Plan Two Ways Out”, is this year’s NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) campaign for Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017. Chief Aaron Kilpatrick, Deputy Chief Clint Baker, Lieutenant Jenna Rivet, and Junior Firefighters Erin Molnar and Heidi Savoie, visited classrooms to talk to students about home evacuation plans.
Children have been known to hide in fear during fire rescue events. A firefighter in full gear, including breathing mask, which distorts the voice, can be a frightening sight, so Division One students also enjoyed a game called ‘Dress the Firefighter’. Chief Kilpatrick donned full gear in each class, while explaining the purpose of each piece of clothing and equipment. Children appreciated seeing and hearing a fully geared-up firefighter and understanding why they dress as they do.
Students also got to check out the thermal imaging camera to understand how firefighters can find people in smoke-dark rooms. Sparky left them with a goody-bag containing a fire helmet, activity book, pencil, crayons, ruler, and a fridge magnet – all to help them to remember to stay safe from fire.