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By Cordell Jarzombek

A thick blanket of fog covered the land. Dozens of Poth Elementary kindergarten students tramped through the dense fog and cool weather with their striking red firefighter hats donned. Firetrucks began to circle the block, stirring up the fog around them, and as the flashing lights pierced the early morning air, a wave of conductive excitement coursed through the children.

In all, three Poth VFD [Volunteer Fire Department] firetrucks, a Poth police car, and a Wilson County EMS [Emergency Medical Services] ambulance unit attended the Oct. 12 gathering to teach the students about safety in fires and show off the vehicles they use during an emergency. They taught the children what to do during a fire (answer is get out, by the way), how to get out, what to do if you’re trapped inside a house in a fire, and other things like that.

The children rotated through the five vehicles, learning basic safety, sampling the life of a firefighter, and trying on medical equipment (no, not the needles). At the ambulance, the children got to learn the procedures of the emergency medical technicians and paramedics that go on calls. They got to take turns lying on the stretcher in the back and trying on the C spine collars and learning the purpose of them.

At the firetrucks, the firefighters showed off the equipment they get to use during a fire and demonstrated the bunker gear that they are required to wear when they go into a burning structure, along with the hoses, pumps, tools, and pagers. As a special treat, the children also got to spray water out of the hoses onto the grass on the practice field.

Junior Journalist Cordell Jarzombek is a senior at Poth High School. The son of Michael and Virginia Jarzombek is a member of the Poth Pirate Band and plans to attend college after high school. He has a brother, Gregory.
 

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