Fire safety week has been going since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 when hundreds of people died and almost one hundred thousand were homeless. Firefighters of the time decided to get together and teach the general public how to be safe around fire.
We went into the school and part of what we did is to help kids design a fire safety plan for their own homes, as well as having a town wide fire drill where they could practice the drill with their parents.
We had a fire last year in which a five year old accidently started a fire when he was playing with a lighter in the middle of the night; he ended up hiding in the closet, which is where we found his body when we got on scene. The best guess is that he was afraid of getting into trouble for starting the fire; it is far too common.
The fire safety plans that the kids do get turned into the Fire Chief. He selects the best plans from each grade and they "win" a tour of the fire station, get to spray water from a fire hose and get to ride to school in the fire engine...after meeting with "Sparky the Fire Dog".
Here are the kids with Sparky:
I helped the kids spray some water from the firehose off of the engine; they got a real kick out of it:
The little girls that won found out that there were indeed "girl firefighters", and were so exited to find out...I heard more than a couple "I told you so's" from the girls aimed at the boys when they found out...
It has been a great week, I love getting to help kids...