Get down, get out, and stay out!

The Taos News - - EDUCATION - By Flora Mack and Abi­gail Gar­cia

On Oct. 18, the sun shone brightly on a trailer in the TISA park­ing lot. But this was no or­di­nary trailer. This trailer was cov­ered in col­or­ful comic book-style il­lus­tra­tions of fire­men and women as brave and strong as any su­per­hero. In­side the trailer, three fire­men from Los Alamos pre­pared for the next class to en­ter, stop, drop and roll.

Fire­men Jeff Saiz, Jaden Rus­sel Eads, and Rick Acedo are old hats at this, ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren how to sur­vive a fire is at the top of the lad­der for these real-life he­roes. When asked about fire­fight­ing Jeff Saiz said, “My fa­vorite thing about be­ing a fire­man is when I go to work, I have no idea what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

We asked them what the strangest call they ever got was, and there were some pretty good an­swers. The fun­ni­est story was when a woman got her ATM card stuck in the bank ma­chine and she called 911 and as al­ways the team was ready to help.

Grades kinder­garten through third watched a video with Ti­mon and Pumba from the Lion King and learned about how to be safe in a fire. Saiz stopped the video and ex­plained to the kids that smoke, “that smells like pan­cakes” would be­gin to fil­ter into the room.

They would then, “Get down, get out, and stay out!” Fire­man, and Taos res­i­dent, Rick Acedo, stood at the ready to help them jump out a win­dow in the back of the trailer where they were given a gift bag full of fire safety in­for­ma­tion and a plas­tic fire­man’s hat.

Me­gan Av­ina

TISA first-grader Daniel Munoz scram­bles out a win­dow dur­ing a fire train­ing while class­mate Ira Martinez stands ready to give him a hand.

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