The Edmond Sun

Education

April 11, 2014

500-plus Edmond students visit safety village

EDMOND — More than 500 local students have learned about safety from Edmond firefighters in recent days.

Mid-day Friday, students from Washington Irving Elementary School were at the Edmond Fire Department’s Children’s Safety Village, a child-size, life safety education center where children learn in a hands-on environment. The village is complete with a city park, buildings, streets, traffic lights, a railroad crossing, a water feature and utility-like infrastructure.

Edmond Fire Maj. Mike Fitzgerald said students from Edmond Public Schools have been experiencing two-hour education blocks, which include 30-minute lessons on fire safety, water safety and bicycle and car safety.

In a classroom-type setting, firefighter Micah Miles showed the children what he looks like with some of his gear on, such as his bunker pants and helmet, and off in an effort to show them they can trust firefighters if they’re ever in need of being rescued.

Miles played an engaging, age-appropriate video that included instructions on how to develop a fire escape plan with their parents at home. The video took them through steps such as drawing a house floor plan and pointing out at least two exits in every room. Miles encouraged them to work on a plan at home with their parents if they didn’t have one.

Miles talked to the students about how to get out of a home and each one got to experience crawling, checking a door handle to see if it is hot and getting out through a window.

It’s important to practice an escape plan at least twice a year, Miles said.  

In the village, the students demonstrated what they learned. Firefighters take them to different areas where they partake in activities such as teaming up to find water safety clues.

Fitzgerald said Edmond Public Schools elementary students will be coming to the village every day until the end of May. During the summer, citizens will be able to come to the village for events such as movie nights and scavenger hunts.

Future plans include involving city departments like the Edmond Police Department, Animal Welfare and Edmond Electric. Fitzgerald said he also wants to open the village up to older students.

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