Today Firefighter Karl visited Year 1. He had the opportunity explain how he responds to emergency situations in the neighbourhood. Lexi stated that “Firefighters rescue cats from trees”, but Karl explained that the amount of call outs for cat rescues has decreased dramatically. He has however, rescued horses from canals, along with people. He explained that people often need rescuing from canals because of the cold temperature of the water, causes their bodies to shut down completely, thus creating an emergency.
Additionally, Karl also discussed how some people make bad choices and do not look after the environment, so they light bins on fire which can spread across the neighbourhood and harm many people. Also, Firefighters are often called out to car accidents because they have specially designed equipment that can cut through the car metal. This piece of equipment resembles a pair of scissors, which Fireman Sam refers to as the “Jaws of Fire”, but is actually called a “holmatro”. They also lift the car up if someone is trapped under a car and deploy an air bag underneath that blows up and lifts the car to safety.
Troy knows that fires make lots of dark smoke and Lola talked about the importance of leaving the house as fast as you can if you discover a fire. If a fire does occur in their house the children were advised to walk out of the house, as safely as possible. However, a block of flats were seen to have the highest fire risk due to the intense air pressure and Ava knew this because she knows the wind blows more strongly the higher up in the air we are. Ava knows that a smoke alarm goes off if there is a fire and Lexi states that ‘my fire alarm goes off when mommy is doing cooking’. Children were also told to be aware of fires in their home because they are dangerous and can spread quickly. Ava knows that she would need to ring 999 for the ambulance, Firefighters & police. The children know they can’t use a pretend phone to phone the police. Noah says “you have to tell the people where the fire is in your house” if you ring 999.
Children are told that they should be aware of key landmarks e.g. Leamore primary, swimming baths in their area if they are unsure of how to report the location of a fire. This is because a fire can take place anywhere and not just in your home. Karl also, discussed that their job also requires them to handle and remove nasty chemicals. This process was called “decontamination” and a special fire engine is used to conduct this process. Ava knows she needs fire proof clothes if she was a Firefighter and Mason knows he needs an “oxygen tank” when entering smoke.
Lexi wears a Firefighter’s outfit. Ava wears the jacket. The children feel the inside of the jacket- the jacket is bubbly to protect the Firefighters bodies. Harry wears the Firefighter helmet and tries on the visor. Troy wears the giant protective gloves. A black balaclava is worn to protect the head, but nobody tried this on because it was too SMELLY! Ava knows she needs to stop, drop and roll to prevent fire. Karl explains that this procedure stops oxygen coming into the fire as you squash the fire.
Firefighters always work in the dark. They can’t physically see their hands as the fog is so dark. Hence they use a body heat camera which will follow their heat trail and detect everywhere they have been.
Karl also, described why different Firefighters have slight differences in their uniform. He said that the plain yellow helmet is for regular Firefighters. A Crew Commander usually has two stripes on top of their yellow helmet. They are responsible for the team going out protect people from emergencies. Lastly, the Watch Commander is in charge of everyone and wears a white helmet.
It is important to remember that Firefighters do not always rescue people for fires. They also fit fire alarms and conduct routine checks e.g. Plugs overloaded, battery removed from alarm. They also leave a special safety book that contains key information called “keeping you safe and well’, which is completely free and yours to keep. This is because tax payers fund the fire service and this shows that we all working together as a community. The fire service also fit an additional alarm under elderly ladies beds which is triggered if there is a fire.
Lastly Karl explained the importance of always wearing a seatbelt when travelling in any moving vehicle. Remember to always be SAFE!
Thank You Karl for visiting our school!