Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, was another busy day for the Waskom Fire & EMS Rescue Department. Today’s schedule included an informative and exciting tour of the facilities, offered to the kids from Waskom Elementary School.
This tour was a special treat, as most visits occur during the annual “National Night Out” week, honoring first responders and their contributions in making Waskom a safe place to live, work and go to school.
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hall assembled his firefighters to prepare open doors to Waskom’ Elementary School group, 33 in number, along with their patient teachers. The kids toured the first-class fire station and learned how things work, from fire engines to ambulances. On hand were Firefighters and EMS personnel Joyce “Cookie” Jarrell, Dustin Haggard, Nicole Haggard, Trey Jordan, Clifford Shepherd and Jeremy Hall. The tour was made even more exciting when the mascot Firefighter “Pup“ jumped into action.
It was a grand excursion into the behind-the-scenes and the working world of the men and women of Waskom Fire Department. Dustin Haggard for the WFD gave the kids a session in home and fire safety.
Haggard asked his enthusiastic and eager audience whether they knew what to do in the event of a fire. The kids shouted out, “Call 911”. Their attention did not diminish there as Dustin continued to tell the children if they caught on fire, not to panic. They were instructed, “Don’t run – stop, drop and roll.” The children caught on and recited it back to the Waskom Firefighters with confidence and excitement.
Each of the kids were given a chance to try out the water hose used in fighting fires on their on-the-job training, spraying some water with Waskom’s very own “Pup” and Firefighter-EMT Haggard.
Pictures, celebrating this school-time excursion, captured the day and memorable moments for the kids to remember. The day left them with wonderful memories and valuable lessons learned in home evacuation and fire safety.
Asst. Fire Chief Jerry Hall, Firefighter-EMT Jeremy Hall posed with his daughter, the granddaughter of Asst. Chief Hall, Cadielyne by name with a Hollywood smile.
The day ended with smiles and gifts for the visitors, while Waskom’s Fire-EMT returned to their faithful 24/7 service to the community.