Preschoolers become ‘mini firefighters’
Published Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Youngsters at Council’s Fairfield Preschool became “mini firefighters” during a visit by local firefighters on Monday (3 July 2017).
Fire and Rescue NSW personnel from Yennora Fire Station visited the preschool to teach the children important lessons, such as dialling 000 (triple zero) in an emergency, how to “Get Down Low and Go, Go Go”, “Stop, Drop, Cover, Roll”, and how to practice an escape plan.
The children also learnt about things that could catch fire and what to do when a smoke alarm sounds.
To demonstrate that he wasn’t as scary as he looked, Fireman Shane donned his fire suit and breathing apparatus and afterwards received a classroom full of “high fives” from the children for his efforts.
The biggest smiles were displayed though when it came time for the children to try out a fire hose and to sit in the big, red fire truck.
The children will get to meet police officers from Fairfield Local Area Command when they visit the preschool on Wednesday 5 July.
Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said knowing about fire safety was an important life skill.
“Learning simple tasks such as getting low to crawl out of a smoke-filled building or knowing to roll over if your clothes are life-saving skills,” Mayor Carbone said. “Because the cooler months tend to reflect a 10% increase in the number of home fires due to people using heaters, electric blankets and the like, this visit to Fairfield Preschool is a timely one.
“Council thanks the Fire and Rescue personnel from Yennora Fire Station for giving their time to make this important, but fun visit.”
Fairfield Preschool, which is part of Council’s Children and Family Services Division, is within the school grounds of Fairfield Public School. It is open 48 weeks a year from 9am to 3.30pm.
Children and Family Services provides 17 high-quality programs for children and families, including early education and care programs for children aged 0-5 years, supported playgroups and Family Day Care. Fairfield City Council is also a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), providing early intervention for children 0-12 years of age
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