Naval Base Guam FES talks fire safety with students
U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Fire and Emergency Services (FES) promoted fire safety to students at Capt. H.B. Price Elementary School in Mangilao Jan. 29.
NBG FES Assistant Fire Chief John Taijeron said it is important for children of all ages to learn the importance of fire safety so the lessons they learn are shared among their family, friends and peers.
“Not only will they be able to save their own life by preventing fires, but save other lives with the knowledge that they take here today,” he said. “They bring it home to their brothers, their sisters, their friends and they spread the word.
Throughout the presentation, students were quizzed on their knowledge of fire prevention and learned about what a firefighter’s job is all about before touring the NBG FES fire truck.
Sparky: Students welcome U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Fire and Emergency Services’ (FES) mascot Sparky the Dog during a presentation at Capt. H.B. Price Elementary School in Mangilao Jan. 29. U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released
NBG FES Lead Firefighter Carlos Presnell said teaching children about the hazards of fire and how to prevent them is vital to preventing mishap.
“This day and age with these kids, the technology today, they’re very smart, they comprehend very fast,” he said. “We’ve got reported that they call 911, they know how to report the type of emergency, where the emergency is; and it’s very important because we’ve had kids save the life of their parents. If we can instill that in them and how to keep themselves safe from any of those type of emergencies, we’ll feel a lot better, (it will) make our day go a lot better that we’ve instilled this knowledge in some of the kids.”
Presnell added that it is also important for the FES to take time to share information with the local community.
Students listen attentively as U.S. Naval Base Guam Fire and Emergency Services Lead Firefighter Carlos Presnell describes some of the tools used in emergency situations during a presentation at Capt. H.B. Price Elementary School in Mangilao Jan. 29. This photo has been altered for security purposes. U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released
“We do a lot on base and it’s great that we’re out here in the community, helping our firefighters in the Government of Guam,” he said. “So if we can take some time out and share the load with getting the message (out to) these kids, as many as we can do, I’m appreciative to have the opportunity.”
Price Elementary School teacher Joe Quinata said he appreciated the presence of NBG FES and their response to a request to teach the students.
“I would just like to say thank you very much,” he said. “The kids and all the staff here at Price Elementary really appreciate it.”