Wednesday, October 16, 2013 was an exciting day for students in grades Pre-K through second grade at Cedar Key School. Cedar Key Fire Department Chief Robert Robinson, CKFD Captain Kenny McCain, EMS/Paramedics Jon Gilbert and Christopher Luca arrived on campus in three separate emergency vehicles for a fire and safety demo.
Students attending the demonstration were given an opportunity to ask Chief Robinson questions regarding certain emergency situations. Assisting Chief Robinson, Captain Kenny McCain dressed in protective fire rescue gear gave students an idea of what to expect in case of a fire emergency. Chief Robinson demonstrated and explained the uses of various fire equipment and safety tools including a Thermo Imaging Machine that is used to measure temperatures inside a structure. Primarily used to detect someone that may be trapped, unable to speak or unconscious in a burning building, the machine is also used to detect heat or fire within walls.
Enthusiastically, students listened as Chief Robinson explained the importance of fire safety, stressing that “large fires are almost always started by small fires.” Following a brief Q&A session students were invited to examine equipment on three emergency vehicles and allowed to view the inside of the EMS transport vehicle.
Paramedic Jon Gilbert explained the procedures they follow when EMS arrives at the scene of a fire, auto accident or other home emergency. Gilbert removed a gurney from the rescue squad and asked for a volunteer to simulate and familiarize students with emergency call procedure using gurney safety straps and a blood pressure monitoring device (Sphygmomanometer).
Participants were given a complimentary ‘fire helmet’ (pink or red) and descriptive fire emergency coloring book and sweet treats.
Mrs. Kathy McCain’s kindergarten class recited the following poem for Chief Robinson and Captain McCain.