Our kindergarteners have been learning about the many community helpers. To support our learning, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 our kindergarten students and teachers departed campus at 8:45 for the Tianjin Fire Station accompanied by Ms. Williamson and Ms. Joanna. We were welcomed by the Fire Chief who graciously welcomed us and thanked our school for the donation of stuffed animals which have been giving comfort to children during their rescue duties.
WE were then taken outside where we were shown where the firefighters put on their uniforms when called to duty. The students learned about the protective equipment they wear and were even allowed to try on their coats and helmets. We learned that a fire fighters tool belt weighs 6kg.
Afterwards, we headed over to the fire trucks where we were shown a powerful chainsaw that goes up to one thousand rotations per second. We were given a chance to hear it in action and boy was it loud. Next, we learned how firefighters protect themselves from the smoke by wearing a protective mask and oxygen tank which gives them clean air. Finally, the highlight of their visit, the children were invited to sit inside the fire engine.
After seeing and learning about all the ways that firefighters help us during emergencies we graciously thanked our hosts for showing us around and posed for a group photo. The next time we see a fire fighter we can look back and remember our visit to the fire station.