Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services’ number one advocate for teaching fire safety to pre-school children is Freddie the Fire Truck. Freddie is a fully animated fire truck robot that moves, speaks, listens and sounds his siren, all by remote control.
Today, Freddie visited with about 50 children and adults at Little People’s Corner located on Lower Union Hill Road. Beth Elder and Kevin Bruce are Fire Safety Educators who work with Freddie to speak to the children about the importance of fire safety. With the help of Freddie, children learn about the difference between good fires and bad fires, what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and to remember to “get out and stay out” during a fire emergency.
After Freddie’s presentation, Fire Educator Bruce comes forward to talk with the children about firefighters and not to ever be afraid of them. Bruce puts on his firefighting gear to show the children what they look like when fighting fires. “It’s unfortunate, but children are often times killed because they hide from a firefighter and that’s why we want them to know that we are their friends and we are there to help,” stated Bruce.
According to Elder, they do approximately 30 visits with Freddie the Fire Truck each year.
If you would like to learn more about Freddie the Fire Truck, contact Beth Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Bruce at email@example.com. You can also make a request for an appearance by going to our website at www.cherokeecountyfire.org and click the Public Safety and Education tab and then click Freddie the Fire Truck Request.