Grade 3 students at local school`s learned more about emergency preparedness and fire safety on May 8 and 9 through National Emergency Preparedness Week activities.
Estevan Fire and Rescue Services teamed up with the Canadian Red Cross, Estevan Emergency Planning and the office of the fire commissioner to teach students the value of preparing for an emergency.
George Barker of the Red Cross spoke to children about what the organization does and how to prepare for an emergency. The main message was “Know the risks, make a plan and build a kit,” before an emergency situation even happens.
“It’s really important to get the message into the kids; like I said keep repeating, keep repeating,” said Barker. “Then you’re aware, you make a plan, you know what to do and you’re ready to go.”
He also classified it as the number one priority in life, as he encourages students to keep educating themselves about emergency preparedness as they get older.
Estevan Deputy Fire Chief Dale Feser also spoke to the students, as he focused on fire safety and what to do when an emergency situation occurs. He reminded them if they have to call 911, to give the name of the town or city, along with the address, as the calls go to Prince Albert.
He put a lot of emphasis on to having at least two ways to get out of a room in case there is a fire.
“We try to get into the school systems and show what our firefighters look like, both in their regular street clothing as well as their gear, so that way kids are not afraid of them, and they`re able to listen to us once we get to an emergency scene,” said Feser.
Members of Estevan Fire and Rescue Services demonstrated what they do when they enter a burning house, showing them how to get down low and yell out to the people who are still in the building.