27 students participated in this visit, some with their parents. It was a very exciting and meaningful visit. The firemen were very patient with the students, explained procedures and allowed the students to handle the fire fighting equipment. They did demonstrations of putting off a fire, and even got the students to participate. Even the most fearful students and the introverted autistic students came out of their ‘world’ and joined in the activities.
The finale was taking the students for a ride in the fire engines and allowing them to sound the siren in the fire engine. One of the students, who was initially crying because he could not tolerate the sound of the siren surprisingly accepted it after the ride in the fire engine.
We had to bring 2 of our own fire extinguishers for the firemen to show us how to use them and buy 5 lits each of petrol and diesel to start a big fire. It was worth the show.