White Sands School first and second grade students visited the White Sands Missile Range Fire Department as part of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8.
Fire Prevention Week began Oct. 5. The WSMR Fire Department planned a variety of activities throughout the week including a visit to White Sands School and a meet and greet at the WSMR Post Exchange to educate the community about fire safety.
The students saw a fire safety video and learned about the equipment and vehicles emergency responders use.
“Kids retain a lot. They retain a lot more than adults. We want to help them grow into fire safety,” said Thomas Carter, fire inspector. “When they go from first grade to second grade and they come back again, they say ‘I know that.’”
Second grade teacher Sylvia Roberts said her class was excited to visit the fire station. She said she likes how involved the firefighters are with the students.
“It’s all about fire safety for the kids,” Roberts said. “I’m glad they are prepared to answer all their questions.”
Carter welcomed the group and introduced two special guests, Sparky the fire dog and Spiderman.
The students were divided into four groups and the firefighters guided each group through different parts of the fire station.
Firefighter Steve Myers showed students the gear firefighters wear when responding to a fire. He demonstrated how fast he needs to get ready when the department gets a call and explained the function of each piece of equipment he wears. Myers showed the students how a firefighter may look and sound during a fire.
“If you guys are ever in a fire and you see me, don’t be afraid. I’m here to help you,” Myers told the children.
The students also learned about emergency response vehicles. They climbed up to sit in a fire truck and learned about its different functions. They also sat in the back of an ambulance where a paramedic explained the functions of the ambulance.