Rub a fire truck and some kids together and you create a spark of learning. That’s what WMU-Cooley Children’s Law Society law students did when they hosted a Summer Safety Seminar with the Grand Rapids Fire Department and the Grand Rapids Police Department on Monday, July 13. Their goal was to expose area kids to what firefighters do for the community and to teach them how to have a safe and fun summer.
The kids learned first hand that firefighters not only put out fires, but they do much more. They rescue people from car accidents. They help and work with the police. They save trapped animals. They provide emergency medical assistance. They even deliver babies!
The kids also got to learn about all the important equipment on the fire truck, including things like hoses, ladders, tools to help save lives, ventilating equipment, first aid kits, warning sirens, two-way radios, and a mobile computer.
Each of the kids got to sit in the front seat of the fire truck and feel what it might be like to be a firefighter. The firefighters and police were also available to answer questions from parents and children alike. After the event, several impressed kids expressed sincere interest in becoming a firefighter when they grow up. What they really learned was that, although summer is meant to be about having fun, it was also about making sure you are safe.
Along with making sure you know how to beat the heat, how to be careful around water, and how to keep bugs away, here are Summer Safety Tips from the National Safety Council, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.