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It was a heart-warming scene of smiles and laughter at Adams County Fire Rescue Station 11 on Monday morning as dozens of toddlers from the Early Learning Center at F.M. Day stopped by for a tour.
It was a morning of fun with an important message.
Firefighters taught the students that when firefighters show up in full uniform wearing masks and helmets there is no reason to fear them. If there ever is an emergency, children need to know that the masked men and women are there to help them and they shouldn’t run away or hide.
No doubt some of the kids think of someday becoming a firefighter and the day gave them plenty of reasons to fall in love with the job. After a quick overview of the station history, the preschoolers moved from the museum down the hallways housing sleeping quarters to the bay that holds fire engines, fire trucks, and ambulances.
In a timed trial, the newest member of the fire department showed off how quickly he can dress in his full gear- including a mask, oxygen tank and gloves– in under 2 minutes. Afterwards the children were invited to come closer to talk to him, touch his uniform and familiarize themselves with what can often be seen as an intimidating figure.
The delighted children were in awe as they spent the next hour climbing on the trucks and equipment, turning on the lights and sirens, and of course, meeting real life heroes.