Today, as part of our study of the community, we took a field trip to the Montecito Fire Station. What an adventure! We were greeted by three friendly, funny fireman who did a great job of making the children feel at ease. The Fire Chief even stopped by to say hello!
Our visit began with a tour of the station. We got to see the kitchen where the firefighters cook their meals.
This is a picture of kitchen. Did you know that the station has to be able to prepare food for 100 people in case of an emergency?!
Next we saw the workout room. Firefighters have to work out for two hours a day. (Makes sense, since their oxygen bottles alone weigh 40 pounds!) After the workout room, we saw bedrooms and an outdoor eating area. Then it was time for the fun to begin!
The children were allowed to sit in the cab of the fire truck and push the bell button!
They also got to see all the tools the firefighters have loaded on the engines.
This included the jaws of life!
We saw the 4 x 4 fire engine that goes to back country fires.
At the end of the tour, the firefighters presented the children with a helmet, tattoos, and even firefighter paper dolls to take home. The students came away from our visit having learned the importance of firefighters in our community. Below are some journal entries that students wrote describing what they saw at the station:
fire truck spelling (click here to see!)