Jarvis students assist Mohawk FD during Fire Prevention Week

Group photo of students, department costumed dog mascot Sparky and two adult firefighter

Put on firefighter gear, ride a firetruck, and teach the youngest Thunder to be safe!?! You bet”

Jarvis Middle School fire safety volunteers Gabriella Bouck, Rebecka Brewer, Isabella Chandler, Collin Dayton, Claire Engel, Hailey Looman, Jenna Lyman, Chloe Plows, Trinity Pope, Paige Priola, Cheyanne Redner, Hannah Sanchez, and Jordan Sperl took up the challenge.

The students  volunteered with the Mohawk Fire Department on Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 13 to promote fire safety. Two firetrucks pulled up to Jarvis and transported the student back to the fire station. There, they assisted fire department staff and mascot Sparky as they presented safety programs to Central Valley prekindergarten classes as part of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-13. The older students helped the youngsters practice various fire safety scenarios such as:

  • “Stay Low and Go” when a building is on fire. (Smoke rises so the lower you can stay means you have a better chance to see and not breath the smoke.)
  • “Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll” if your clothes are on fire. Stopping prevents rushing air from fanning the flames; covering your face with your hand protects your face from the fire; dropping and rolling helps put out the fire.
  • “I Spy Something Hot” and “It’s Okay, Let Them Play” reminds children to think carefully whether something is safe to touch or play with. Fire, matches, candles, and stoves are dangerous.
  • “Practice Exit Drills” and “Go to a Meeting Place” are important ways to prepare. Like school, home fire drills teach us what to do in case of fire. They also remind children where to go, so adults know they are safe.

In addition for the Jarvis student body honored the volunteers both days during school assemblies.

A line of six middle school students wearing firefighter coats.

An adult firefighter instructs a middle school boy on how to don firefighter gear while another student looks on.