Children & Firefighters: How to Interact on a Visit

Ask kids what they want to be when they grow up and many of them will say “a firefighter.” To children, firefighters are heroes and role models – people they can rely on in bad times. It is no wonder they want to visit fire stations or have...


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DVDs are good to show at the station or at a location prior to the tour. There are many good ones out there. Again make sure they are appropriate for the age of the children and should not last more than five to seven minutes.

Handouts such as coloring books, brochures, plastic helmets or stickers are excellent to end your visit – I recently learned that temporary tattoos are the most popular items out there currently. Pencils for older children are well received. Many vendors advertise these materials available. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also has excellent handouts you can download, reproduce and distribute along with games for children at www.sparky.org.

Last, when speaking to any group of children, use simple terms. “Fire truck” is appropriate for any vehicle regardless of its function. Later, when they become firefighters or as they get older, they can learn the correct terminology.

 

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