Spokane County Fire District’s school programs are opportunities to educate children about fire and life safety. Preparedness is a top priority for our department.
March 25, 2014, Richard Morgan, left, suffered cardiac arrest recently and survived because his granddaughter Shelby Morgan, 15, knew CPR. Shelby had just taken a CPR class in school a few days before. – Spokesman Review
The EDITH program is presented to 4th graders throughout the district. The EDITH house is an actual full-size trailer that resembles a camping trailer from outside, and a real house inside. The kids visit the kitchen to talk about cooking safety, then they go to the living room to talk about candle/heater/fireplace safety.
The most exciting part of the tour happens in the next room. In the “bedroom”, the students learn about checking for heat in closed bedroom doors and about having two ways out. A smoke detector will sound and fake smoke begins to fill the room. The heated door tells them they can’t go that way, so the window is used for escape. There are firefighters outside to help the children get down safely, and then they gather at a “meeting place” to learn the importance of having one!
Risk Watch is the name for the fire safety program in the elementary schools, and it encompasses many fire safety subjects. The schools in Fire District 4’s area are offered in-class programs to Kindergarten and 2nd grade students. Each program is tailored to the age of the children and includes subjects such as:
- Calling 911 and knowing your address
- If there is a fire, get out and stay out
- Stop, Drop, and Roll
- Don’t play with matches
- How to crawl low under smoke
- What to do if there is a fire at night
Other safety subjects include:
- Bike Helmet safety
- Seat belt safety
Links to help children stay prepared for disasters.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a fire station tour please contact our District Office at 509-467-4500.