Students at Martin Luther King Elementary School recently got to see real-life heroes in person, as Richmond firefighters recently stopped by their campus to deliver important fire safety lessons.
On Friday, May 6, Richmond Fire Marshal Eric Govan joined crews with the engine and truck companies out of Station 64 to participate in a Sound Off event at the elementary school on Florida Avenue, according to the Richmond City Manager’s latest newsletter.
Sixty students from the school’s three third grade classes received a presentation and were treated to a show and tell of both Engine and Truck apparatus.
“The Sound Off Program features three standards-based classroom activities that get students and families involved in testing their smoke alarms, checking for potential fire dangers in the home, and planning how to escape in the event of a home fire,” city officials said.
Over 3,000 people die in home fires each year in the U.S., and most of the victims were reportedly in homes that lacked working smoke alarms.
Richmond Firefighters Local 188, the union representing city firefighters, posted photos of the visit to King Elementary and said its members were ecstatic to have an in-person meetup with the students.
“As COVID-19 regulations are gradually adjusted, our members couldn’t be happier to once again have the chance to get out and connect with our community members,” Local 188 stated. “Richmond firefighters are proud to have the opportunity to serve you.”