HomeNewsArticle Display

Firefighters teach fire prevention to Honduran children

Honduran kindergarten children go through their fire safety handouts during a tour of a firestation Oct. 19, 2011, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron’s fire department provided fire safety training to more than 95 local children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Honduran go read fire safety handouts Oct. 19, 2011, during a tour of a fire station at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department provided fire safety training to more than 95 local children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron’s fire department help children crawl through a simulator containing dry ice smoke as part of fire safety training Oct. 19, 2011, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Other activities included a smoke detector class, fire station tour and water truck demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department help children crawl through a simulator containing dry ice smoke as part of fire safety training Oct. 19, 2011, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Other activities included a smoke detector class, fire station tour and water truck demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Nix, 612th ABS assistance chief of fire prevention, teaches local kindergarten children to stay low when encountering smoke Oct. 19, 2011, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron’s fire department provided fire safety training to more than 95 local kindergarten children during fire prevention week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech.Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Nix teaches local kindergarten children to stay low when encountering smoke Oct. 19, 2011, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department provided fire safety training to more than 95 local kindergarten children during fire prevention week. Nix is the 612th ABS assistance chief of fire prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech.Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras (AFNS) -- Firefighters from the 612th Air Base Squadron provided fire safety training to more than 95 local kindergarten children here recently.

The activities, as part  fire prevention week, included crawling through a simulator containing dry ice smoke, participating in a smoke detector class, touring the fire station and watching a water truck demonstration.

"Their level of fire protection isn't at the level it is in the (U.S.), so the more we can educate them, the better prepared they will be if there is a fire in their home or school," said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Nix, the 612th ABS assistance chief of fire prevention.

Reaction time, the importance of an escape route, and the dangers and effects of smoke were also discussed during the smoke detector class.

"I learned to get down low when there is smoke and to run fast to call the fire department," said Caro Argueta, a 5-year-old student from Comayagua.

Sparky, the fire dog, was also on hand to interact and handout firefighter hats to the children.

"My favorite part was when Sparky was dancing," said David Derosa, age 6. "I also loved the smoke and the gifts."

Fire prevention handouts, translated in Spanish, were provided to the children to be shared with their families and friends.

"We are trying to keep the local kids and their families safe as well as strengthen our ties with our local fire department and community," Nix said.

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Burns, the 612th ABS Fire Emergency Services chief, has assisted with previous local fire prevention training and can attest to the importance of educating the youth.

"If you teach them at a young age, they can appreciate what can happen to them, and how to correctly react to a fire situation," Burns said.

Earlier in the day, the firefighters participated in a local parade where they handed out safety flyers, fire hats and candy to children.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
8 of the surviving #Apollo #Astronauts got together for the 50th anniversary of the #moonlanding. @NASAhttps://t.co/szPJHXupa1
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Gen. Goldfein, during his keynote address at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff's Air and Space Power Conference said the follo…
.@WrightPattAFB opened a #cyberdefense facility for #USAF Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters & Bombers Directo… https://t.co/QibdORLX2q
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Our asymmetric advantage is represented in this room. It is all of us working together on a common cause. Great to see…
.@AFResearchLab supports @AFThunderbirds w/cutting-edge aerospace #technology. From G-suits, custom earpieces, fly-… https://t.co/HJ07fLg2aP
Operating from rough dirt strips, the #C130 Hercules is capable of transporting & airdropping troops & equipment in… https://t.co/c4vsC76vRX
Tune into @TheWilsonCenter July 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. (EDT) to hear #USAirForce Lt. Gen. Bussiere, @USNorthernCmd A… https://t.co/M2LTH8wpx5
.@DMAFB #Airmen traveled more than 1700 miles to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun… https://t.co/tcTnNPC8Zj
RT @KadenaAirBase: #ICYMI: #TeamKadena will be activating a new special operations squadron for the operation and maintenance of the #CV22
#OTDIH, The B-2 Spirit's inaugural test flight happened from Palmdale to @EdwardsAFB, #California. The B-2 Spirit i… https://t.co/bS7ODGlxsP
.@HAFB #Airmen conduct #F35 missions while temporary assigned to @366FW. This is the largest off-station F-35A Li… https://t.co/KlbXq7jBLg
RT @MacDill_AFB: CSM John W. Troxell has our #TotalForce team here at MacDill feeling empowered! 😎💪 Thanks for visiting our service members…
.@NellisAFB plans to roll out shorts for maintenance technicians to wear on the flight line in the scorching Nevada… https://t.co/fcavaNG112
⚡️ “RAF Lakenheath breaks ground on future F-35 infrastructure” by @usairforce https://t.co/wiOjMMONZD
.@48FighterWing hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new #F35 infrastructure at Royal Air Force Lakenheath,… https://t.co/nOmLeR1egG
🗣Calling all #Milwaukeeans! #USAF Captain Curtis Hinca calls #Milwaukee home & is an Air Force Prosecutor… https://t.co/0LqvQdCUqm
RT @ValerieInsinna: Here’s a little bonus footage of @GenDaveGoldfein taxiing before his a ride in @FinnishAirForce F/A-18s. Read the story…
.@NellisAFB, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Delongchamp saved lives during the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.… https://t.co/GJygss6FBZ
RT @PACAF: Airmen from around the @usairforce tested themselves in the Small Unit Ranger Tactics course at the @25ID #LightningAcademy. #Ai
The latest roundup of the best #AirForce photos is out. See them here: https://t.co/0w3MNpiixe