Last week, we took a trip to a nearby Fire Station. We had a few mishaps: a lost water bottle, a close encounter with a muddy puddle, and a hunger meltdown. Overall, however, the outing was interesting and fun.
We learned the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine. The fire truck has a ladder, the fire engine has a pump. The firemen are on duty for two days, and then go home for four days. While they are at the station, during normal work hours they practice, exercise, run field trips, take classes, and do fire station things. After five, however, they can watch television in a room full of recliners or do whatever they want, as long as they are at the station, ready to go out whenever they get a call. They have a kitchen where they prepare their meals and a big table where they eat. This station has three different refrigerators- one each for the three teams who work there.
Inside the barn, they showed us the heat camera they use to identify people in burning structures. The captain placed his hand on the ground for a while and then lifted it and showed that you could see the hand print on this camera. Wow!
Then the kids got to take turns practicing what to do if your clothing catches on fire: Stop, drop, and roll. My little princess refused to do this, but X-man enjoyed it. Then they got to slide down a fireman pole! Even K got into this activity!
They each got a fire fighter’s had and we thanked the fire captain and headed out to a park to solve the hunger problem. It was a lot of fun!