For our first field trip of the year, the Grade 1 class was able to go to the fire station in Phra Khanong. We started off the day by learning about the equipment used by firefighters to keep them safe, like the outfits they wear and the types of hoses they use for different fires. Did you know that the outfit that firefighters wear together with the oxygen tank weighs over 30 kilograms? That’s even heavier than the children! All the children even had a go at using the fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
After learning all about the equipment, we were able to actually go on the fire truck. The firefighters showed us how to turn on and use the sirens and the microphone. We then had a chance to observe some very cool but very scary snakes. First we saw a small one – the firefighter was able to tame the snake and made it sleep. They then showed us 5 huge boas. Don’t worry, the snakes were not poisonous and they were in a strong cage so it was safe. The children were brave and also respectful in trying not to be so loud as to not disturb the snakes. The children were all very eager and asked the firefighter lots of interesting questions.
Finally, we now know to call the Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department on 199 if we see a fire or a snake. All in all, it was an eventful day where we learned a lot and had ever more fun!