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Lingohocken firefighters teach fire safety to students

ACHIEVE students get up close with firefighter Gary Davis.

Students in the Council Rock ACHIEVE Program received a special educational visit from members of the Lingohocken Volunteer Fire Company on Oct. 18.

Council Rock School District’s ACHIEVE transition program is an education program for young adults, ages 18 to 21, with special needs. It’s designed to provide students with prevocational and vocational training and experience to develop skills that are necessary for assimilation to adult life.

The Oct. 18 fire safety training experience was an opportunity for ACHIEVE students to learn life-saving fire safety skills. At the same time, it helped the visiting volunteer firefighters learn how to best serve students with special needs in a real-life fire situation.

The lesson kicked off with one of the fire experts explaining how a firefighter looks and sounds during a true crisis. Volunteer firefighter Gary Davis suited up and let students feel his equipment and hear his muted voice up close.

Next, students walked outside and across the parking lot where they were introduced to a smokehouse trailer. The $98,000 house on wheels features an interior kitchen and bedroom area. Each space is equipped with switches that allow the firefighters to safely replicate fire event conditions via lights, heated doors, and vanilla scented smoke.

While in the kitchen area, students learned to never open an oven door if they see flames inside and to always keep a microwave closed if they smell something burning. In the bedroom area, students learned how to safely feel a door when they suspect fire is on the other side, to stay low at all times, to call and repeat their location, and to identify a safe escape place.

Council Rock thanks Gary Davis, Ted Middleman, Charlie Vaughn, and Glenn Forsyth of the Lingohocken Fire Company/Newtown Emergency Services.


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