One of my students' dad is a fireman, so I asked him to come to school to talk to the kids last month. He did a great job. He was there for over an hour. He talked to them about fire safety, emergencies, when to call 911 and when not to call 911.
He put on all his gear, explaining to the kids - what each piece of equipment was for. The kids were totally engaged in his speaking.
He showed them the air tank and explained how it works. Every single valve.
He showed them how to get out of the building if there was a fire - explaining to them why they do it this way. He even pretend rescued a child.
Then, we played dress up with a few of the kids. They loved this part.
He told the kids that they needed to have good grades, to learn their sight words, learn to read to so they could grow up to be whatever they wanted to be in life. He was amazing.
Remember the part where I told you that he talked about the reasons to call 911. He talked about all the reasons to call 911 and it was for serious reasons. He told them exactly what the operator would say. Well, one of my partner's students decided to call and she dropped the phone when she heard the operator. The mom had no idea that she had called - except when the policeman started walking around her house trying to get in. The parents came to school and my partner told them exactly what was said - they laughed. The best part was the fire fighter walked with us on the field trip and had a little talk with the girl. Priceless.