Members of the Sheridan Fire-Rescue used the example of a frightening moment as an opportunity for an educational experience.
A young participant in the YMCA childcare program activated the building’s fire alarm system by grabbing a pull station located next to a door.
Everyone was okay, but there were a few tears because of the loud noise.
Captain Robert Dobbs and Firefighter Andrew Fried explained the only time the pull station is activated is when someone witnesses a fire or smoke!
Accidental alarm activation can lead to complacency or disregard in the occupants by not evacuating the affected building.
It also commits the fire apparatus to that call and could cause delays if another “real” emergency comes in.
The children then had the opportunity to see the fire engine and a firefighter in full protective gear.