Denman Island Fire Rescue (DIFR) paid a visit to Blackberry Lane Pre-School on Denman Island recently.
Firefighters Sam Croome, Ian Illuminato, and Captain Drew Erickson arrived at the school during morning programming in Rescue 53, one of the department’s seven in-service fire and rescue vehicles.
The members introduced themselves to the 11 children in attendance on the day, fielded some great questions, and then treated the class to a full tour of the truck and all of its equipment. Included were demonstrations of the truck’s lights and sirens and an up-close look at how firefighters appear when dressed in full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
The visit was part of DIFR’s ongoing efforts to educate children in Denman’s school and daycare systems on topics such as fire safety and what to do in case of an emergency.
“Fire alarms and emergency situations can obviously be stressful for anybody, but can be especially so for kids,” said Erickson. “We try to give presentations here in our Denman community that educate kids on things like how to best prevent fire, what they can expect if the department needs to respond, and above all, how to maintain their composure in emergency situations. Remain calm, be smart, and stay safe.”
Denman Island Fire Rescue provides an island population of approximately 1,165 with fire suppression, fire prevention, medical first response and rescue.
Co-operation and support between organizations in small, closely-knit island communities like Denman Island are ultimately what allows those organizations to exist and thrive.
“I think smaller communities tend to have more of a sense of how interconnected we all are,” said Erickson. “There’s a real sense that what benefits one organization here can ultimately benefit the community as a whole, so we’re more than happy to devote time and effort to visits like this.”
Blackberry Lane Pre-School is an early education centre that currently provides care to 25 Denman children between the ages of 1-5.
Denman Island Fire and Rescue also visited Grades 2-4 at the Denman Island Community School (DICS) last December, this time with a full focus on Fire Safety and Prevention. They utilized the Hazard House and Hazard Kitchen teaching kits as part of their presentation. The kits were a big hit with the students and the department has plans to use them again for the next Fire Safety and Prevention Presentation at the DICS, coming up later in 2018.
For more about Denman Island Fire Rescue, visit www.denmanfire.ca