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Teaching Children Fire Safety

A few weeks ago I went on a preschool field trip to the fire station. We got a tour of where the firefighters sleep when they’re at the station (fascinating), heard the alarm sound (much quieter than I would have imagined), and checked out the ambulance (she seemed unimpressed).  When it was time to check out the fire engine, a call came in and the firemen had to go.  Since those guys are ALL about the quick change, one of them dropped his drawers and put on his fire pants in front of twenty moms and preschoolers.  It was for sure my favorite part, and judging from some of the other mom’s expressions, it was their favorite part too.

One of the things that a fireman told me was how great it was to bring your kids on these tours, because a lot of kids are afraid of firemen when they are all dressed up in full gear.  He said that a lot of children will be so afraid when a firefighter breaks into the house in protective clothing with a face mask that they will actually run and hide from them instead of letting them help them out.  It’s something that hadn’t occurred to me, but I can certainly see it being true. How terrifying is that?

Click here for an article on teaching fire safety to young children.  Go on a field trip to your local fire station or go check out an open house.  You may just find out what some of the fireman have on underneath those fire pants!


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  1. Joe Galizio 08/28/2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hello, I am trying to get a Fire Safety children’s book completed and self published. I hold this project very near and dear to my heart. It’s a project that combines my two favorite things in life. Kids and emergency services. Yes, I know what you are all thinking. What a dork! And it may be true, but since I’ve joined the ambulance company it’s become a passion of mine. I love to help people. And you all know the most important people are our children.

    So during this year, I had the opportunity to visit a couple of elementary schools, as well as volunteer for my son’s cub scouts. One class was my son Isaac’s, and the other was to visit a class for a teacher who is a good friend of mine. In both instances, I had a whole lot of fun. We got the chance to teach the kids, and show them all of the gear from the ambulance. Although I couldn’t help but notice that many of them seemed frightened and nervous at first. It wasn’t until after they learned about what we do and what the gear is used for that they felt more comfortable. This made me realize that there is a real need for a children’s book to explain what a firefighter looks like in a fire, and what type of tools he and EMS will use around and on them if they are injured. The book will also need to let them know not to hide.

    One of my major drives comes from the below quote:
    “It all depends on the situation the child is in and their prior experiences and their prior education as far as what to do when someone is coming to help them,” said PFA spokesman Patrick Love. “Unfortunately, within the history of the fire service, we’ve had children hide from firefighters and had tragic outcomes.”

    So I came up with a story about a little boy and girl who have experiences where they need a firefighter and EMT. As the story goes on, the book will display many illustrations, and real photos of the equipment so the children can get a first hand look at it.

    If I could, I would visit every school but we all know that is not an option. As a Husband, Dad, full time professional, volunteer EMT and now Children’s author, I don’t have time for that. None of us do. So I chose to work on this book to help reach as many classrooms as possible.
    I ask you all to please help me. Below is the link to my Kickstarter campaign. If you like please make a pledge. I understand money is tight so if you cannot make a pledge, please share this with your friends and family. I’m looking to spread the word. By making a pledge, you are actually pre-ordering the book. It’s all explained on the kickstarter site, but please let me know if you have any questions. I have 15 days left to reach my goal, and it’s all or nothing with Kickstarter. The link is below.


    Thank you all very much for your love and support. – Joe

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  3. Amy Allen Johnson 04/19/2012 at 2:57 pm

    Maybe I should take the whole family? my DH was startled to find 10 men in full gear in my son’s room at 5 am when I had to call 911 earlier this year.