TALKING TO THE KIDS
Students at Tompkins Elementary learn about fire prevention
Reserve and Dominion firefighters visit Tompkins elementary.
Fire departments often help each other at fire scenes however in Reserve Mines two departments recently joined forces to bring fire prevention information to Tompkins Memorial Elementary School.
Macdonald school in Dominion closed last year and the children now attend Tompkins in Reserve Mines.
“It was a big deal for the Dominion department, they lost their school and then their kids came into our area,” said Rod MacNeil, fire prevention officer with the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Department.
“Inviting the Dominion fire department was a priority to us.”
MacNeil said the session helps to prepare children in the event a fire department was needed at their home.
Students were brought into the gymnasium and shown how a firefighter looks entering a burning structure.
“Some kids were actually a little frightened by it but when the guys went over and talked to them with the apparatus on they started to become a little more at ease,” he said.
Awards were presented during the visit.
MacNeil said students had drawn pictures and written fire prevention stories that were funny and heart-warming.
“One child said we are way better than the Toronto Raptors.”
He said another child wrote that the firefighters were better than the police officers.
“Then he wrote, ‘But please don’t tell them. Hee hee.’”
He said they had earlier chosen the best submission from each class and during the visit those students were made fire captain for the day.
MacNeil said participating in events like this with students is a lot of fun.
“If anyone gets the opportunity to go and do something like this they really should.”
Nathan Clark, centre, a Grade Primary student at Tompkins Memorial Elementary School in Reserve Mines, chats with members of the Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Department, from left, Kevin MacNeil, Garett Tracey, Sean McPhee and Rod MacNeil. The firefighters showed the students how they dress when they fight fires.