Emergency Personnel Teach Students about Summer Safety

Published 05/14 2013 12:49PM

Updated 05/14 2013 09:12PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As part of National EMS month, students from Hillyard Technical Center are teaching area children how to stay safe.

The Hillyard students stopped by Eugene Field Elementary Tuesday morning with a group of firefighters. They're visiting 11 different schools this week.

They're teaching students ages kindergarten through second grade how to prepare for emergency situations before school lets out for the summer.

"If you guys see an emergency this summer, if you see something that doesn't look right, call 911," Paul Fisher told the students.

"This is helpful because if they ever come into contact with those situations, they have a plan and they know what to do," said teacher Kim Callaway.

The students learned what to do if they see fire, why it is important to wear their seat belt and helmet when bike riding, and that they should see emergency responders as friendly faces.

"When I was younger, I was always afraid of some people dressed up in uniform. When you think doctors, you think needles. We just want them to know 'hey, we're here, we're friends, don't be afraid. Just call when needed,'" said EMS Cody Gilpin.

"We've talked about it in our classrooms, but this is our first assembly where the firemen and paramedics have come in and talked to them about that kind of stuff," said Callaway.

The students also toured emergency response vehicles.

"Oh, they love it. They enjoy it and they're learning a lot and it's a great thing and they'll know what to do when they come across that situation," said Callaway.

About 2,500 hundred students will learn these summer safety tips by the end of the week.

The group will tour three more St. Joseph schools on Wednesday.

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