Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October is Fire Safety Month

One of the requirements we have to meet for homeschooling is to include a lesson on fire safety each year. Since October is Fire Safety Month, many homeschool groups arrange tours of fire departments. Our local school invited us to come along on their tour this year. I found it very interesting, and the boys loved the trucks and the gear! It's a fun way to take care of that requirement. When we got home, I printed off some safety coloring pages and puzzles.

In the truck bay:
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The ambulances:
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In the ambulance:
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Learning about the different kinds of trucks:
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Climbing into the engine:
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The best part was when the fireman put all his gear on. He wanted to show the kids what a fireman looked like when he went into a burning house, so that if one of them should ever be trapped inside, they wouldn't be afraid when they saw him, and would let him rescue them. I thought it was a good idea; I'd never thought about it but a small child could be very frightened by a fully suited fireman, especially when already scared from being trapped. I guess a lot of kids try to hide because they are afraid. The kids liked when he turned his mask on and talked through it.
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This is one of the better tours we have taken. There is a firehouse museum, but it was closed when we were there. I would have enjoyed seeing the antique equipment, and some history of the department.

2 comments:

Kristin said...

Wow, what an odd requirement -- every year?

Well, at least they got to do something FUN. I'm sure they were thrilled to see all those trucks and equipment. It's great to have an excuse for another field trip (and extra-fun if you can go with a group of other homeschoolers.)

haffnewie said...

looks like a great time was had by all!