Fire Safety Gone To The Next Level
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- The Class 5 program is a monthly lesson that the Dalton Fire Department has to work with 5th graders from three different local public schools.
The 5th graders learn about the importance of safety from topics ranging from home escape plans to cooking safety.
The students are taught by firefighters in the classroom and this year they were able to see a live fire drill at the training center.
Dalton Fire Safety Educator Donnie Blakenship says, “If they were to experience a home fire, or other emergencies that we discuss then they will know what to do and be prepared. Our hope is that only that they be prepared but they also do things like home inspections and home fire safety checks so they go into their home. So hopefully their families are prepared.”
After learning all of the home safety basics, the students are charged with the task of teaching the younger students in the school.
With a total of 300 kids in the program, the students were able to teach 3,000 students the importance of emergency safety.
The Dalton Fire Department not only wants to educate students, but they also want to encourage them to be firefighters as well.
Adran Cerda who is a fifth grade student says, “I always wanted to be a firefighter because the way they help other people and I feel like I can become on of them because I feel like I’m one of those people who can help other people.”
At the end of the year, the students are tested on their knowledge and participation.
The winning 5th grade class gets a trophy and pizza party.