As two kindergarten classes began to make their way to their school’s bus parking lot, excited gasps escaped from the 5-year-olds as they pointed at a large, red vehicle and said, “Whoa! That fire truck is huge!”
The Forsyth County Fire Department was up bright and early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 16, to teach Cumming Elementary School students about fire safety, bringing along their kid-famous Fire K-9 Hallie.
Through the program, kids were able to enter a simulator on wheels – a trailer that had a replica kitchen and bedroom with the ability to create fake smoke and make doorknobs hot.
After learning how to “get low and go” in the case of a fire, children were able to follow Hallie out of the trailer, crawling under simulated smoke.
Outside, the students chatted with firefighters and learn about Engine 1, which can hold 610 gallons of water, has different hoses and carries equipment to fix peoples’ “boo-boos.”
“Smoke and fire are scary, and we’ve got to have a plan for it,” said Wes McCall, chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Education. “Being able to talk about it and demonstrate it is the best way to do it.”
According to McCall, the school district’s partnership with the fire department is among one of the “most vital” collaborations.
“I think that [fire safety programs] are very important to have and have these kids come in here and see this, they go home and they tell their parents,” McCall said. “So, now it’s making their parents accountable. [Our partnership with the fire department] is vital to make sure that our community is safe.”
Check out some photos from the program below.