Denver Fire Department batallian chief Darby Price (left) demonstrates equipment during a homeschool tour. Will Rhoney, 6, (right) wears Priceâ€™s helmet. The tour emphasized safety and the importance of having a fire escape plan.
Stop, drop and roll.
Itâ€™s not a new dance or the prescription for boredom: itâ€™s the overall message of safety recently communicated to more than 10 homeschool students in east Lincoln by members of the Denver Fire Department.
According to mother of four Lisa Rhoney, all of the homeschoolers that were on the tour go to Lucia Baptist Church.
â€œItâ€™s our first time here as a homeschool group in the fire department,â€ she said.
The older homeschool students got to see the equipment first, followed by a program on fire safety.
The younger kids got to see the equipment after their fire safety program.
For Landon McMahon, 15, it wasnâ€™t his first time touring DFD. Heâ€™s been there a couple of times before.
â€œThe overall message is safety,â€ said McMahon. â€œBe safe when youâ€™re around fire.â€
McMahonâ€™s mother, Beth, organized the tour and said the children really benefited from the information given to them.
â€œThe students got to roleplay in what to do in an actual fire,â€ said McMahon. â€œI feel they learned better from actually performing stop, drop and roll than just hearing about it.â€
McMahon said itâ€™s important for her family to have a fire safety plan that includes an evacuation route to a meeting place outside in the event of a housefire.
â€œBeing here at the fire department reinforces the fact that something can happen at anytime,â€ said McMahon. â€œItâ€™s important to know exactly what to do.â€
Lisa Rhoney agreed with McMahonâ€™s sentiment and said the fire safety plan was really driven home by the tour.
â€œWeâ€™re going to put a plan together so weâ€™ll know what to do to get out safely,â€ she said, adding itâ€™s crucial with a total of four kids in the house.
One of her two sons, Will, 6, was excited about the opportunity to tour the department.
â€œAre you really going to let us try the gear on,â€ he asked battalion chief Darby Price, who then put a helmet on his head.
Price said that while tours are available at the DFD, sometimes families stop-by the station located on N.C. 16 as they are driving by.
â€œWe usually do tours up to three times per week,â€ said Price. â€œGroups range from daycare to youth groups and all people have to do is to call or come by.â€
Darby added the overall message during the tour is safety.
â€œFire, water and bicycle safety are what weâ€™re all about,â€ said Price.
Case in point, during the tour, Price asked a group of young students if they wear bicycle helmets when they are riding.
â€œI donâ€™t wear mine,â€ one girl said.
Price told the group the importance of wearing a helmet when they ride bicycles.
â€œIt keeps you from hurting yourself if you have an accident,â€ Price said.
According to Price, whether touring a group of children or adults, the message is the same.
â€œIt all boils down to safety,â€ said Price. â€œWhat we teach them today may save their lives tomorrow.â€
For more information or availability of tours, call (704) 483-5115 or visit the Web site: www.denvervfd.com
by Jon Mayhew