Fire Prevention Week 2007 - (Collegeville) Montessori School Tour 9/28/2007

Due to scheduling for the (Collegeville) Montessori School, for the last couple of years they have their Fire Prevention Week tour the Friday before the "Official" Fire Prevention Week. They have parents and teachers bring the school to the fire house. We talked about "Change Your Clocks, Change Your (smoke detector) Batteries", "Get Out (of the house) and Stay Out!", "Stop, Drop, and Roll", "Practice Your Escape Plan" (this year's theme), along with other subjects.

Students, parents, and teachers had a chance to try on real firefighter gear, sit in real fire trucks, and spray a real fire hose. Not to worry, we used the smallest hoses we have set a VERY low pressure of around 50-60 psi AND have someone help. If we were fighting a fire we might use a pressure as high as 150 psi. When we can talk the adults into trying the hose, and many do, we run the pressure up to about 90 psi, and have a firefigher backing them, so they get an idea of what we feel.

We had one of the adults suit up in "Bunker Gear" (one of the names firefighters use for the fire gear) so the kids can see someone they know in all the gear. With all the gear on, including the air pack turned on, a firefighter can look and sound pretty scary. By having someone they know get into the gear they can see that it isn't that bad!


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