We’ve visited the fire station a handful of times in the last few years. We most recently went for a scheduled tour with our church playgroup in July. There are lots of benefits to visiting the fire station, but the biggest (in my mind) was letting the children see a firefighter in his full gear (including the helmet and respirator).
I can imagine it being quite scary seeing a fireman in all his gear when there is actually a fire. Firefighters have said that some children have actually run away from them in an emergency situation because they were scared. Showing your child what a firefighter looks like fully dressed is a great way to prepare if a fire or emergency ever happens in your home!
Call your local fire station and see if you can schedule a tour. I’m sure they’ll happily oblige…especially if you bring them goodies!
Thanks to my friend Mercedes for this photo…I couldn’t find any of my pictures from our fire station tour!