NORTH FORK – Students at North Fork School will be learning what to do in the event of a fire in their home, and also what firefighters and emergency responders do.
On Thursday, Feb. 5, personnel from Cal Fire, Madera County Fire Station 11 and Sierra Ambulance, along with Simon Elman and team of ham radio operators will participate in a special assembly at the school.
There will also be fire engines, a water tender and squad, an ambulance and a bulldozer on the school site for the students to see up close and personal.
After touring all the equipment out on the field, students will gather in Kennedy Hall where firefighters will teach them what to do if they are in a burning building, such as staying low and touching a door before opening it. Kids will also get a demonstration of the equipment firefighters use, and participate in a simulation with the lights out, on how to get out of a burning house.
Students will the learn how each of them can help the emergency responders by assisting the community in placing green reflective signs at their driveways, so firefighters, ambulance personnel and law enforcement can find them quickly when they call for help.
The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary makes the reflective signs available, and is sponsoring a contest for students as a fundraiser for the music and arts program. The school will receive a portion of the proceeds for every sign sold, benefiting the students, the residents, and the first responders who will have a much easier task locating addresses when time matters most.
The top two students from each classroom will be rewarded with an ice cream sundae party, served up by the local firefighters.
If you need a reflective sign for your house, please contact Barb or Sandy of the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at 559-877-7796, or the North Fork School at 559-877-2215.