RRFD teaching fire safety at all elementary schools | #schoolsaftey

The Rio Rancho Fire Department is continuing its tradition of visiting each elementary school in Rio Rancho to go go over fire safety tips and exercises during October, which is Fire Prevention Month.

Tuesday morning, five firefighters were at Rio Rancho Elementary to teach young students fire safety.

Aaron McDevitt gave an entertaining presentation on how to safely deal with a house fire that drew raucous laughter from the children as some of their fellow students stopped, dropped and rolled.

“I just think that if we can teach the kids what to do in case they have an emergency, or if they’re put in a situation, that they know how to react correctly, and try and help mitigate that situation the best that they can instead of make it worse or get hurt or not be able to call the correct people,” McDevitt said.

McDevitt said he has been giving fire safety advice to elementary students his entire 17-year career with RRFD and the feedback from students has been positive.

“They love it. They seem to look forward to it every year, as do I,” McDevitt said. “And it’s cool to see the kids grow from kinder to second and remember different things and remember the lessons and remember the key points and stuff.”

After McDevitt’s presentation, the students went outside to crawl through a firehouse with a simulated smoke (water vapor) to practice exiting a building during a fire. The students also got to operate a fire hose and walk around a fire engine.

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