Lieutenant Shannon Ward from the Community Risk Reduction Division taught the children about different ways to understand when a fire is happening for those who are blind or visually impaired. The children were also shown what a firefighter’s personal protective equipment looks and feels like. A demonstration was done to educate the children on what a firefighter will sound like through their breathing apparatus when they are present at a fire scene. This is important so that the children, especially those who are blind or have a visual impairment, could be aware and not be frightened by the sights and sounds of a firefighter if they are ever in a situation with a fire.
Buddy the tracking dog was also brought in to demonstrate how dogs are trained to sniff out the smell of fuels that can cause a fire. As you can see, the kids loved him! Thank you to the Wichita Fire Department for taking the time to come out to the ECDC.