Students attending Meadows of Dan Elementary School are well prepared to celebrate Fire Prevention Week this year, after participating in the First Responders Day in May.
First Responders from various local departments including Meadows of Dan, Stuart, and other areas met and spoke with students and demonstrated safety protocols.
Students participated in hands-on learning activities such as putting on fire equipment, touring the firetruck, spraying the water hose, and meeting firefighters, police officers, rescue squad members, and the Life Flight crew.
School staff were provided the opportunity to learn how to use a fire extinguisher and practice putting out a controlled fire. Kevin Keith represented the Department of Forestry and taught the students how he practices fire safety. Students were able to try on gear for fighting forest fires and learn the differences between forest fires and household fires.
Students also enjoyed seeing the Stuart Fire Department show off their repelling skills as Clint Weidhass rappelled from their tallest ladder. The students loved the demonstration.
School Resource Officer Rob Martin arranged for a Life Flight crew to land a helicopter on the school’s baseball field. Students watched the helicopter land and take off, and the crew gave students an in-depth look at the inside of the helicopter. The students loved being able to sit in the helicopter.
The students and staff at Meadows of Dan Elementary want to thank all the first responders for everything they do for our community every single day. They are everyday heroes who do not go unnoticed and are very appreciated by the students and staff at Meadows of Dan. The students are eagerly looking forward to the next First Responders Day.