Kruse Adopts a Firefighter

Kruse Adopts a Firefighter
Posted on 12/04/2017
Firefighter Dan Ritchie speaks with Kruse first graders.The first-grade students in Carrie Scott’s class sat on the edge of their seats. The first-graders from Kathy Smola’s class joined them, sitting on their knees with hands raised high. Each student wanted a chance to talk to Orland Park Firefighter Dan Ritchie.

Ritchie was at Kruse Education Center as part of the Adopt-a-Firefighter program sponsored by the Orland Park Fire Protection District. 

“Our Adopt-A-Firefighter program teaches children about fire safety and injury prevention,” said Elizabeth Dine, Fire and Life Safety Education Coordinator at the Orland Fire Protection District. “At the end of the year, each class gets a visit from a fire truck. The program promotes the importance of having a safety plan, just in case there is an emergency.”

By the end of the year, Ritchie will have visited Kruse classes five times. Ritchie begins each lesson by reviewing what students learned during his last visit. At the end of each session, he assigns “homework.” Students are also able to ask Ritchie questions about safety, life in the firehouse, and his job.

“Firefighter Dan is like a celebrity to the students,” said teacher Carrie Scott. “They are always looking forward to his next visit. Each time he comes, he teaches the students an important safety lesson. We are very grateful that the Orland Fire Protection District offers this valuable program.”

Through the program, Kruse students have learned important lessons such as when it is appropriate to call 911, what to do if there is a fire when you are asleep, and the appropriate steps to follow when there is a fire at school. 
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