CRAIG — Where there’s smoke, there could be fire, however there’s additionally typically teamwork.
This was one of many classes discovered by students at Sunset Elementary School during a particular fire safety fitness circuit designed by bodily schooling teacher Johnny Ford and former BLM Hotshot and Forest Service firefighter and Craig resident Mac Zimmerman, who’s now the Fire Prevention/Education Tech for Ashley National Forest in Vernal, Utah.
“The message of teamwork is something that is spread throughout Sunset, both with our students and as a staff,” Ford stated.
Students have been divided into teams of six. They then ran from one aspect of the fitness center to the opposite, grabbed the top of a fire hose hooked up to a 45-pound vest, and pulled it to them utilizing an arm-over-arm method. Once students had their vests, they needed to help others of their group. No group was allowed to advance to the subsequent stage till everybody had accomplished the duty.
Next, students needed to drag their vests and ropes again to the beginning, then assist one another placed on water packs — particular backpacks full of water utilized by wildland firefighters. Using the packs and dealing as a workforce, the students had to make use of their water packs to place out a simulated fire, then assist one another take away the packs.
After the drills, the whole class labored collectively in a role-playing exercise to simulate a rescue.
First, one or two students who referred to the circuit as “easy” got the chance to tug Zimmerman and Ford from a simulated fire. When that proved inconceivable, the remainder of the category was given the chance to assist pull the 2 males, which proved to be a lot simpler.
When the fitness circuit was accomplished, students got the chance to ask Zimmerman any firefighting and teamwork associated questions.
Students have been curious to know if he’d ever rescued any wild animals trapped in a fire.
“I have seen many leaving fires, but we don’t usually stop to assist. And I’ve seen some die in fires, which is another good reason to prevent them from starting,” he stated.
Zimmerman requested students what they discovered about teamwork. Many replied they thought teamwork was necessary for preventing fires.
“You’re right, and that’s why it’s important to check your emotions or what you might be feeling about someone at the door; work as a team to get the job done,” he stated.
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