E.O. Muncie kids get real-life
lesson on the life of a firefighter
Saturday, October 26, 2013 5:00 AM
Students at E.O. Muncie Elementary School saw first-hand how quickly emergency crews have to react when they are called into action.
Gabby Vest pretends to drive a fire truck during a tour before Clifty 6 firefighter Joe Michna helps her down from the cab. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
Around 10 a.m. Friday, during a fire safety presentation given each year at the school, one of Clifty 6's emergency vehicles was called to the Madison Consolidated Schools' bus garage, next door to the administration building, to help extinguish a vehicle fire.
Principal Leslie May was told it was the first time a crew has been called away since fire crews have been giving presentations at E.O. Muncie.
"They said 'That's us.' And had to pack up and go," May said.
During the annual event, kindergartners and first-graders tour fire trucks and ambulances, talk to firefighters and ask questions about their jobs.
Addie Hall, a first-grade teacher at E.O. Muncie, said it's important to teach students at a young age what to do in case of a fire.
May said students got to see firefighters and their equipment, which could help them in the future.
"They had their full uniform on, so they could see them and wouldn't be afraid if they ever do in an emergency," she said
Students were sent home with fire plan information to share with their families.