While fire and rescue efforts are the number one thing our Prince William County Fire and Rescue System volunteers do, community education comes in a close second. Educating our citizens about fire prevention and emergency response saves thousands of lives a year.
Some of our favorite community members to work with are our Prince William kids. From educating in schools to attending health fairs and speaking in front of church groups to attending community celebrations, our volunteers spend a great deal of time reaching out to the youngest in our area. Here’s what we teach to make a difference.
Make a Plan
Kids love to draw, and we love to see their artistic sides. One of the best things we can have kids do with their families is to create and practice an exit plan. We have them draw their homes, mark the exits and show the safest paths out for everyone in their family. We also teach them to plan a meeting point that everyone in the house agrees to. This may be the large oak tree in the far corner of the yard, the mailbox or a spot on the driveway.
In an emergency situation, anyone’s brain can go into overload making it hard to remember what you’re supposed to do; this is especially true for kids. Part of our youth education involves teaching important catch phrases that will stick with them in times of emergency. These include:
- Stop, drop and roll, for when your clothes catch fire.
- Get low and go, for when the room is filled with smoke.
- Get out and stay out, reminding kids never to go back into a burning building.
The odds are pretty good that at least one of these has stuck with you from your own youth. And for that, you can thank a firefighter!
When an emergency happens, it’s important that kids know how to do the basics, like call 911 and be able to answer questions from the dispatcher. Learning and committing their address to memory is one of these essential skills, as well. It’s empowering to role play these situations with kids and see their confidence rise, knowing they can help do what’s needed in times of emergencies.
Our volunteers teach these skills in a non-scary way and leave kids knowing how to do what’s needed to keep themselves and their families safe in an emergency. Any day we can say we’ve empowered a child with safety knowledge is a good day, indeed.
Ready to join us and make a difference? Contact us today to hear about our available opportunities.
Are you looking for a change? Here in Prince William County, the volunteer departments provide fire and emergency medical services to the County’s citizens and visitors during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. Prince William County’s volunteer fire and rescue departments are seeking motivated individuals who have the desire to make a difference and provide an important service to their community. Learn more now.
- Posted by ATW
- On July 10, 2019
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