A friend made arrangements for our kids to have a tour of our neighborhood fire station this past week. I didn't have grand expectations but it turned out to be fabulous. It was very informative and the kids had a blast.
One of the fire fighters demonstrated how he puts on his gear and how each piece helps protect him from a fire. Another of the fire fighters said, "He may look like Darth Vader, but don't hide from him if you see him in your house." I had never thought about it, but I imagine one so garbed could be a bit scary to a small child.
They went over other fire safety information and the kids got to climb aboard a fire truck.
They even got out the big hose and let the kids turn it on and off.
All the firefighters were very friendly and I was very happy that a female firefighter was present for Elisabeth who was also the only little girl among six boys. I made sure to point out that she could be a firefighter too, but Elisabeth, clad in high heel, dress-up shoes and fairy wings, shook her head and said, "I don't want to." As long as she knows it's an option.