Fire station opens doors for visit
Wednesday, September 5 was an open day for the Dannevirke Fire Station.
Children had a great time observing and trying out fire equipment.
This open day was organised by Tararua REAP’s early childhood co-ordinator, Jo Brown, and schools and preschools came along. Jo had worked with the preschools last year on a “Fire Wise” programme and the visit to the fire station was requested by them so children would not be frightened when the fire siren goes off or a fully-kitted out fireman arrived.
Ten volunteer firemen were on hand to help the 260 children in and out of the fire trucks and fire uniforms, demonstrate equipment and guide the children around the museum.
Jo Brown conducted some show-and-talk sessions about fire safety and many showed good knowledge of the correct procedures in the event of a fire, especially Huia Range children who have had a major programme at school.
Jo said she was hugely grateful to the volunteer firemen who gave up work to be there and to the 60 parents who accompanied the children.
Members of Kids Castle enjoy seeing Michael Dell in his full protection kit.
Too small to reach the pedals or instruments but fun all the same.
These two found the equipment used to break open cars really heavy.
Huia Range students respond to REAP tutor Jo Brown’s questions about actions in a fire very knowledgeably.
St Joseph’s children love the fire hose.