Fighting Fire Fairly
City of Calgary opens new educational classrooms to help prevent fires
By Bigoa Machar
With many Calgary businesses and homes falling victim to fires as of late, the importance of fire safety and prevention has never been so important. In collaboration with ConocoPhillips, the City of Calgary has started a brand new fire safety education program. Taking place in mobile classrooms, the course allows children to practice safe fire protocol and how to prevent them even in the first place.
“This new program will provide students a more hands-on opportunity to learn about home fire prevention and practice emergency response skills,” said Fire Chief Steve Dongworth. “Students will also be able to take what they have learned and share with their families, helping to share our fire safety message beyond the classroom.”
The new trailer classrooms allow fire fighters to bring this equipment from school to school quickly and easily, allowing them to reach more students. Before, students were allowed to tour fire stations and participate in public events. With this new technology, the fire department will be able to bring knowledge to schools across Calgary.
“We are delighted to be able to sponsor the Fire Safety Trailer and education program because not only are we committed to safety, but we are also committed to supporting education. I truly believe this program could actually save lives, and that is the bottom line,” said President at ConocoPhillips Ken Lueers.
With the program already reaching more than 600 students so far, the City hopes that this number cna reach around 2,000 come next school year.