SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Pre-schoolers at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center took a break from the playground on Wednesday to learn about fire prevention.
Officials from the Niskayuna Fire District Number One were on hand to speak with 2-4-year-olds about fire prevention and safety.
The department offers classes to children through and including the fifth grade.
Topics like calling 9-1-1 and stop, drop, and roll were covered for the little ones on Wednesday, but instructor John Baker says that at their age, they often start with simply humanizing firefighters.
“Get them comfortable with us, kids that age are scared of everything, let alone a scary guy coming in in a scary suit at a scary time,” Firefighter and paramedic of the Niskayuna Fire District Number One Baker said. “You can imagine for adults. It’s scary for kids, it’s got to be doubly scary.”
The children also had the opportunity to touch and feel the equipment and take a look at the inside of a firetruck.