BCFS Education Services Head Start programs celebrated Fire Prevention Week earlier this month with visits from area fire departments and first responders. Firefighters talked to Head Start students and staff about the importance of fire safety, gave firetruck tours, demonstrated how to put on a fireman’s suit, and described each piece of equipment they use while responding to a fire.
Students were intrigued by the fire truck and wowed at how high the ladder can reach. Firefighters discussed some of the basic rules regarding fire safety, and encouraged Head Start staff and parents to check fire alarms at least once a year to keep them fully functional.
Fire Prevention Week is an annual campaign spearheaded by the National Fire Protection Association. This year’s campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” is part of a three-year effort to inform the public about basic, critical components to smoke alarm safety.
At Head Start classrooms in Atascosa, the Pleasanton Fire Department was joined by the U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Public Safety Officers, emergency medical technicians and Floresville Police Department Officers. Each department explained how they communicate and work together to help ensure the safety of the community.
The Head Start classes in Fredericksburg and Johnson City were honored with a special visit from the Fredericksburg Fire Department. The firefighters told each student what to do in an emergency situation, and even gave each child an “Honorary Firefighter” helmet.
The George West Fire Department along with the Beeville Police Department visited the Head Start location at Skidmore. The students sat attentively while police officers and firefighters answered the student’s questions concerning what to do in the event of a fire.
About BCFS Education Services Head Start
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children by providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. BCFS Education Services operates Head Start in twelve counties across Texas.