Get down, get out, and stay out!
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.
TISA first-grader Daniel Munoz scrambles out a window during a fire training while classmate Ira Martinez stands ready to give him a hand.