What kid is not in wonder over real life heroes like firefighters? The EFP girls are no different, and last week they were able to get a close up look at the life of a firefighter when we went to the station for a visit.
We saw their techniques for getting ready and rushing out of the station as fast as they can when they are called to a fire, and we heard about each part of their job - from hosing down the fire to administering basic first aid to the injured. Ruby and Ana tried on the fireman's suits; they went through the obstacle course and learned how to work the fire hose in the awkward outfits. Their biggest take away from wearing the suit was: “It’s REALLY hot!! And heavy! And hard to move in.” Their eyes were shining as they spoke about it. The other girls tried on the firefighter helmets and were standing on each other’s toes trying to take in all the action. They learned some first aid and what information to report to doctors to prepare them for an incoming patient.
While first aid could be taught at the Learning Center, we prefer taking the girls on field trips. Five fully armored firefighters next to a huge truck are a lot more interesting to listen to than a guy in a classroom. They will remember this lesson, and as Denia said: “It was good because I have an idea of what a firefighter actually does - just in case I would like to do that some day.” We are looking forward to learning even more about firefighting sometime in the near future as we were invited back for another lesson.