Safety education is very important to our young people. I have two
visual aids that assist me when speaking to groups of children. When I
speak about safety while on duty as a fire fighter, I have the big fire
truck just outside. When off duty, I have the shiny dragster race car. The children respond to either vehicle with eyes and
ears wide open! This is the time to take advantage of their short
Children give Fireman Wade their rapt attention as they learn about
Safety programs must be tailored to different age groups. I would not
speak to a high school group about "stop, drop, and roll."
When talking to elementary school students, we talk about 911,
"stop, drop, and roll," matches and lighters, exit drills in
the home, etc. High school students need to hear about the tragedies
experienced while at work, the dangers of substance abuse while driving,
and/or high speed driving. Young people are not aware of the different
forces placed on a vehicle while driving at high speed. My racing
experience, both in building and driving race cars, allows me to explain
some of the dangers.
It never hurts to have parents sit in on any class or workshop. They
also will come away with something positive by the end of class. In all safety talks, I like to use training aids such as movies, photos,
hand outs, or other take home material. Safety education is the key to saving
our children's lives.
"Lovin' life every day! Drivin' fire
trucks at work and race cars at
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