A firefighter is a community helper who protects people from fire and keeps them safe. Firefighters work for the fire department and can help us in many ways. Firefighters wear special clothes and equipment to keep them safe.
Some children are scared by the look and sounds of firefighter equipment. Explaining how the equipment helps a firefighter stay safe while working is important. Becoming familiar with the role of the firefighter and the sight and sound of the equipment can lessen a child’s potential fear during a fire and encourage cooperation during life-saving fire rescue incidents.
In this lesson, children will learn to:
- explain how firefighters are community helpers.
- explain how a uniform helps a community helper stay safe.
- acknowledge that children do not need to fear firefighters, even when they are wearing gear.
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