AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Fire Department hosted its first Safety Town event on Monday for 2,000 students and will host another 2,000 students on Tuesday.
The event is an interactive learning experience for children in kindergarten and first grade in schools throughout the Panhandle.
“A lot of fun today, a lot of safety happening,” said AFD Community Liaison Jeff Justus. “We’ve got law enforcement, emergency medical services, utility companies like Xcel energy and Atmos energy. We have a bunch of fire related stuff. We have a helicopter out in the parking lot. They are getting wet. They hear loud flashes and bangs and booms. They are having a blast.”
AFD says it understands the children won’t retain every safety detail taught today, however, AFD hopes the students understand the purpose of the event.
“We hope they take home a good overall experience. We know they are not going to remember every little safety detail, but as long as they remember the good stuff and remember who the good guys are, that’s what we hope they take home” said Justus.
Students ran through obstacle courses, performed chest compression and watched a K-9 in action.
“We’ve been talking about community leaders in our social studies classes and so they are learning a lot of new things that they haven’t learned before,” said Cynthia Moss, a kindergarten teacher at Mimi Farley Elementary School. “But, the helicopter was one of their favorites so far and then they got to go in the ambulance, and they really enjoy those kinds of things.”
The Amarillo Fire Department plans to invite more students the the Safety Town event next year.
The fire department will be at the Randall County Fire Station again tomorrow to teach 2,000 more students about safety.