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    We have a class of 36 first graders coming to our station for a field trip Tuesday, and I was wondering what some good activities were to do with them. I figured some scramble drill races, show them the trucks, etc, but what else will a first grader find interesting?

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    Remember they are first graders : so have a couple of your crew in full gear including packs & masked up to show them not to fear us.
    Also a brief talk on when to call 911 and when not to.
    When to leave the house and go to a neighbors to call for help
    Let them try on a turnout coat & helmet.
    Talk about stop drop & roll.
    Talk about not playing with lighters or matches they might find laying around.

    Have cookies & milk for them to snack on.

    Remember their attention span is very short so keep each segment short. < 5 minutes each piece of the talk. plenty of time to climb in & out of the trucks.

    Good luck

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    Thumbs up The MOST important thing

    They NEED to see blinky lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandfire03 View Post
    Remember they are first graders : so have a couple of your crew in full gear including packs & masked up to show them not to fear us.
    Also a brief talk on when to call 911 and when not to.
    When to leave the house and go to a neighbors to call for help
    Let them try on a turnout coat & helmet.
    Talk about stop drop & roll.
    Talk about not playing with lighters or matches they might find laying around.

    Have cookies & milk for them to snack on.

    Remember their attention span is very short so keep each segment short. < 5 minutes each piece of the talk. plenty of time to climb in & out of the trucks.

    Good luck


    Everything he said is good. One thing to do though is don't have the guys in gear when they get there. Show them that we look like everyone else, then have the guys put the gear on in front of them.

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    I'm almost positive one of the things they are almost all unanimously going to ask see is "The Jaws of Life." We can easily just show them the cutters with the pump off, but I was wondering if cutting a metal bar of some kind would be more interesting. Well, I know it would be more interesting , but would it present too much of a liability or safety hazard. also looking for other kinds of demonstration ideas. I'd really like to set up the master stream for them, but unfortunately I'm not sure if we're going to have an engine operator present.
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    Hmmm.... I've seen this a few times during 39 years.


    Statistically:

    About 1/4 of them will cry once the sirens are sounded.

    About 1/4 of them will never say a word out of fear.

    About 1/2 will want to wear bunker gear.

    About 1/2 will want to climb on the truck.

    100% will remember it the rest of their lives.




    Have fun.... and let me know if these stats hold up for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian1147 View Post
    I'm almost positive one of the things they are almost all unanimously going to ask see is "The Jaws of Life." We can easily just show them the cutters with the pump off, but I was wondering if cutting a metal bar of some kind would be more interesting. Well, I know it would be more interesting , but would it present too much of a liability or safety hazard. also looking for other kinds of demonstration ideas. I'd really like to set up the master stream for them, but unfortunately I'm not sure if we're going to have an engine operator present.
    Run the idea of the jaws through your chief or safety officer and see what they say. Might work as long as there is a good distance between you and the kids. Also instead of a master stream, use an extinguisher. Not the same but it's also something the kids can try out if they wanted.

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    1) Pick the best looking female teacher, have her dress out in the bunker gear. <-- that is just Standard Operating Procedure.

    2) Flashy lights.

    3) Stop, Drop, Cover & Roll.

    4) Smoke detector and meeting place outside the home.

    5) Let them play with a hose.

    6) Tell them at the onset that the most well behaved kid gets to run the siren and horn. Let the cute teacher pick.
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    like everyone said, short attention spans...
    talk less, show more... the more hands on, the better
    maybe if they feel up for it, throw them in a dark room and have a firefighter (full ppe) come rescue them... they might be a bit young for that. But at least than they can see what it's like for a firefighter to just appear out of the dark smoke with his scary Darth Vader voice. The Higher energy you are, the more fun they'll have
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    Lights on, NO air horn or siren.

    Be careful with putting helmets on 6 year olds and their neck might not support a leather or Tupperware type.

    Beside unless it is clean, I wouldn't want it on my Childs head.

    Get plastic helmets for them.

    Have the teacher put a clean coat on and show the ids how she/he looks.

    Don't dress out anyone else as it may scare the tots.

    No big tools of any noise will scare the bijebbies out of them.

    Keep the visit at the apparatus short and sweet.

    Some kids may be allergic to nuts or other ingredients in cookies or milk.
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    Show them where to go or stand if the house gets a run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post

    Be careful with putting helmets on 6 year olds and their neck might not support a leather or Tupperware type.

    Beside unless it is clean, I wouldn't want it on my Childs head.

    Get plastic helmets for them.

    Definitely good advice!
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    yes, I believe there's a box in the margin of the IFSTA 5th ed. that states specifically not to put helmets on them to prevent neck injuries

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    If you ask them if they have any questions, make sure they are questions and not stories. Stories usually start out with...."this one time I was...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVFR9923 View Post
    If you ask them if they have any questions, make sure they are questions and not stories. Stories usually start out with...."this one time I was...."
    True that. And "my uncle Jimmy is a fireman..."

    We do an entire elementary school program during FPW with different presentations for each grade, but that's a different thread.

    From that program, though, Ryan's mod on Islandfire's suggestion is pretty much our kindergarten presentation - we call it "Am I still a Dad?" (or uncle, or mom, or whatever). As you do the presentation, ask after each step if the FF getting bunkered up is "still a dad."

    On helmets - aside from all the other cautions - remember that head lice do occasionally make the rounds of kids that age...

    Our first graders get to see a room search (after which the searching FF's unmask and point out that they "are still a Dad"), then we have them practice "stay low and go" by crawling under coats held up by the FFs. Only works if you have a suitably clean/soft place for them to crawl, though.

    We've discussed dressing a well known school administrator (like the principal) appear completely bunkered out during a school assembly, but have yet to do it.

    Doing amazing things (to first graders, anyhow) that can be done quickly will go a long way - throw a ladder and climb to the roof, maybe. Flow water from a hydrant line, not an engine (too noisy), and knock over a couple of cones.

    Make individual segments short and move right through them.
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