A variety of teaching methods are utilized, including:
- Safety songs
An important part of the preschool education involves children seeing the firefighters in their full turnout gear. In a fire, a young child would likely be terrified by the smoke, heat and sounds. A firefighter crawling through the smoke in turnout gear and breathing through a mask and tank could be a pretty intimidating sight to an uninformed child. We’ve been told by the kids that the firefighters sound like “Darth Vader” when breathing through a tank and mask. As such, we work to help the children understand that although they may look a scary, firefighters are there to help.
The Mini-Muster fire safety program has been delivered to elementary school children throughout the Northwest Fire District for 30 years. It’s designed to incorporate important safety messages that children can understand with fun-filled experiences they will remember for years to come. The program includes information on fire drills to escape a home fire and a reminder that firefighters are there to help even if they may look a little scary in their bulky turn-out gear.
- Designed for 2nd grade students
- Approximately 1,500 students per year
- 15 schools participating
- 30 years of fire safety education
You can find details on each event below.
- Students put many of the fire safety lessons they’ve learned to use in this individually-timed event
- Participants start in a mock bed as if they’ve been awakened at night by a smoke detector
- The student must crawl low (beneath the pretend smoke level) to find an exit
- When the participant reaches a door, they use the back of their hand to feel the door to determine if its hot (and it is!)
- Remembering that they shouldn’t ever open a hot door, the participant moves to a second exit option (They’ve been taught to always have two ways out of their house.)
- The participant then climbs out of a window to escape
- The timer is stopped when the student reaches a predetermined “meeting place” to end the exercise
- Offers a historical perspective of an early firefighting method
- Start point is at the “Dip tank”
- Buckets of water are carried and dumped into a trash barrel
- Once water has reached a predetermined mark, the event is finished
- During the event, each participant will likely carry two or three buckets
- Gives the children an idea of the protective clothing firefighters wear and how firefighters put out fires.
- With the help of their teammates, each participant puts on a coat, boots and helmet.
- After walking a short distance in their gear, the junior firefighter squirts the hose and knocks down a traffic cone.
- The participant walks back to their teammates where he or she will receive help in removing their gear.
Follow The Hose
- In this individually-timed event, participants learn that even firefighters stay low in a smoke-filled environment
- Each participant is blind-folded for this exercise (to simulate the lack of visibility in a smoky room)
- The blind-folded students crawl along a hose line which guides them to a doorway out
- The timer is stopped when the student passes through the doorway to end this exercise
- The Safety Trailer allows students to practice a fire escape in an environment with simulated smoke
- In this exercise, each Mini-Muster team tours the safety trailer and is taught what to do in the event of a house fire
- Each team practices crawling low, identifying the best way out of the smoke-filled environment, and safely getting themselves out of the trailer