Fire Safety Day

PORG International School pupils with rescue helicopter

Friday 13th is traditionally declared by the Czech Association of Fire Officers as Fire Safety Day. The aim of this day is to "break" the superstition of unlucky Friday the thirteenth by organising various events to make the public aware of safety. We had a great chance to see that today!

The firefighters showed just how ready they are to deal with emergencies with displays of equipment and techniques and the chance to talk to them in detail about everything they had on show.

They started with a demonstration of how to cut someone out of a crashed car. They used a fearsome range of pneumatic tools, which is a great way to grab a kid’s attention, and then let everyone get up close to the helicopter. We’ve all seen it flying over Ostrava and now we’ve had a chance to look inside and ask the crew all about it.

Some childhood dreams came true soon after when our friendly hosts let everyone sit in the front of a fire engine, switch on the lights and sirens and make a lot of noise with the megaphones.

They showed us all over the different types of engines, cranes, radio vans and medical tents, they let us try on clothing and equipment and we had a great time!

We have all walked away with a much better appreciation of what our emergency services are ready and trained to deal with. Hopefully that’s the closest we’ll all get to the inside of an emergency until next Fire Safety Day and we would like to thank our hosts at the Moravian Silesian Regional Fire And Rescue Service for making it all such good fun for everyone.