Yamba Playgroup members with Yamba Fire Station’s Deputy Captain Dave Woods and firefighter Mick Brooks.
Yamba Playgroup members with Yamba Fire Station’s Deputy Captain Dave Woods and firefighter Mick Brooks.

Playgroup learns to stop, drop and roll during excursion

IT'S a safe bet that more than a few pre-school-aged kids have dreams of being a firefighter one day.

Yesterday a group of excited Yamba tykes got their very first taste of what it's like to be one.

The group of kids and their parents from Yamba Playgroup were treated to a grand tour of Yamba Fire Station by Deputy Captain Dave Woods and firefighter Mick Brooks who showed them their headquarters, gave them a demonstration of the fire hose and even let them sit in the fire truck.

Deputy Captain Woods said part of the morning also included firefighter Brooks getting dressed up in full breathing apparatus and "saving" one of the kids - which he said was designed to teach the children not to fear firefighters.

"The major thing we want to teach them is not to be scared of us," he said.

"There have been occasions at house fires where children have hidden from firefighters in cupboards and under beds, so we do this to try and stop that happening."

The children were also taught the basics of fire safety such as how to stop, drop and roll, stay low to the ground in smoke and to call Triple 0 in an emergency.

Deputy Captain Woods said apart from being designed to educate children at a young age about fire safety, it was a bit of fun for everyone involved and an enjoyable and satisfying part of their role as firefighters.

"They get a full adventure here, and for kids that age, it's a blast for them - and us too, actually," Deputy Captain Woods said.

At the end of the tour, each child was given a special certificate saying they had been trained in valuable fire safety skills.

"They love receiving their certificates," he said.

"They all walk out of here a little bit taller and wiser at the end."



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