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Fire Service Students Teach Community Life Saving Skills

Students taking Fire Services I and II spent the first weekend of October assisting Meridian Fire Department with their community Open House and fire safety outreach efforts. These high school students represented their home high school and the Ada Professional-Technical Center as they provided information and demonstrations to the public. Over the weekend, they taught community attendees about calling 9-1-1 and the EDITH system, which stands for Exit Drills in the Home using Safety House. They engaged children, parents and community members about the importance of, and how to manage smoke and CO detectors, demonstrated CPR (a hands only technique), how to get low in smoke, and “drop and roll” fire saving tips. Plus, they had the unique opportunity to share their expertise on the fire engine and the usefulness of firefighting gear.

Prior to the event, students prepared presentations, worked in teams throughout the scope of the project and concluded the event with an action report, which includes recommendations for future improvement. Fire Services instructor Lee Britt believes experiences like this one, “helps to prepare the students for a future in Fire Services or any other direction they may chose in life. These community-based applied experiences allow these students the opportunity to interact and share with our local citizens, practice a form of public speaking, as well as demonstrate and explain important things that can save people’s lives."
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