‘Big brother’ firefighter lends a hand to kindergarten kids

Farzelan carrying a six-year-old down the pole .

By Nancy Nais

SARATOK, July 16: In the eyes of a group of six-year-olds, auxilary firefighter Farzelan Mohamad became their ‘abang hero’ when he carried them so they could slide down a fire station pole today.

Farzelan was demonstrating to 50 kindergarten children on how firefighters move fast the moment the fire station’s emergency siren sounds.

Accompanied by parents and teachers, the children from SJK (C) Min Syn, Saratok had a fun morning at the fire station here to learn about fire safety.

The visit included viewing firefighting equipment, fire engines and boats, as well as talking to firefighters about their job, learning important fire safety tips and practising the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique.

They also got to experience a ride atop a fire truck with all its lights flashing and sirens blaring as they toured the station compound.

The children even got a chance to use a real fire hose.

Students, teachers, and parents from SJK (C) Min Syn, Saratok in a group photo with Nazry (standing centre in uniform).

Saratok fire station chief Nazry Mohamat said this is one of the steps taken by the department to educate young children under the Children’s Fire Safety Club (Kelab 3K).

“We want to reach out to the community on raising awareness on fire safety. This module is dedicated to reducing fire and life safety risks at schools, preschools, daycare centres and in the community,” he said.

He added that the department highly welcomes visits from school children, especially to engage and educate preschool and school-aged children about fire prevention, fire and life safety and the role of firefighters in helping keep them safe. — DayakDaily