For many kids, it's a dream to be a firefighter and some got a taste of what it would be like on Thursday while learning important safety lessons.
The Papillion Fire Department hosted children ages 6-12, teaching such topics as “stop, drop, and roll” and how and when to call 911.
After getting a tour of the trucks it was time for class. Firefighters gave the kids a crash course on fire prevention. “It's trash, right? Do we want to keep trash in front of a fireplace?"
“No, so let’s pick that up.”
They then moved into a bedroom to learn about fire escape, teaching kids to crawl and to keep smoke from coming into a room by using a blanket. Staying low helps avoid smoke.
Xander Noble knows what to do. “One foot or so off the ground so we had to get down low.”
After that, the kids made their escape to a safe place. It helps kids practice what they need to do at home in case of a fire. “My plan is that we get out of the house and then we get to my neighbor's porch so my mom can count and make sure we're all there.”
Firefighters like Will Linger offered the lessons so families know what to do before help arrives. “In an incident where someone is entrapped in their home, it's these types of things that we hope come back to memory so that we really minimize the potential loss of life in our city.”
“It's just a cool job,” said Noble.
Safety Camp continues Friday for children ages 9-12 at the main Papillion fire station at 146 North Adams Street from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.