Fire House Tour 11/14/2005
OJR Middle School Students take Fire House Tour
On Monday November 14th, 2005 a group of Owen J. Roberts Middle School students, and two teachers came to Ridge Fire Company for a tour. The tour started at 11:00 AM and the students had to leave by 1:00 PM. While we got to go over everything we wanted to we ran out of time. The students, and teachers, were still asking questions as they got on the bus.
Eight Ridge Fire volunteers and two West End Paramedics were able to take time off from work and school to help out with the tour. The West End Paramedics brought their ambulance. We talked to the students about being volunteers and the Paramedics, who are paid talked about how they started as volunteer Fire Fighters and worked their way into the paid EMT jobs. Both of the Paramedics still volunteer in various fire companies.
After checking out some gear and trucks we took the big four wheel drive rescue truck around back of the fire house. In back of the fire house we had a car that had been donated to the fire house. People donate cars, and houses, to fire companies so they can practice their skills in a non emergency environment. The students got to see, and ask questions about, the fire fighters taking the entire top off the car to ready it for Paramedics to get to the injured passengers. After this the Paramedics and all but three of the fire fighters needed to get back to work and school. We went back into the fire house and the students got to sit in our tanker, our oldest engine, 62-1, and the rescue truck. The students got to ask questions about the trucks and the specialized equipment used in fire fighting and rescue. Then we took the brush truck outside and turned on the pump. All of the students and teachers got to spray the fire hose. Unfortunately, at this point we ran out of time.
Everyone had fun and, hopefully, learned something.
We at Ridge Fire Company had a good time and would welcome, and encourage, other groups to visit.