On Thursday, December 12th, Kelly Elementary kindergarten student Isabelle Dragoo rode to school in style, driven by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS chief, Brady Hansen, in celebration of her winning emergency escape plan for her and her family.
The month of October is Fire and Injury Prevention month. In recognition of the national awareness effort, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS partners with Teton County School District to provide every kindergarten student with a classroom lesson in fire and injury prevention. Firefighters visit classrooms and talk to students about how to stay safe. This year, firefighters invited students to work with their families to create an emergency escape plan for their home. KES principal, Kelly Matthews stated, “Our partnership with our local fire department is a critical aspect for student safety. Local firefighters, two of which are parents within our KES family, partner with classroom teachers to discuss how to evacuate homes in case of a fire. This year’s emergency escape plan was a great addition and Isabell’s map was a fantastic model of how to escape her home in case of a fire.”
The purpose of the competition was for families to get involved in their Family Emergency Plan. “By having a plan and practicing that plan,” stated Fire Inspector Bobbi Clauson, “everyone knows what to do in a fire and is prepared to escape quickly and safely.” Clauson reminded children to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes, know their escape plans, and have a family meeting place outside the home.
Once all participating students submitted their ideas, JH Fire/EMS chiefs served as judges and they selected the plan that best represented the safety features for a personal/home emergency escape plan. The fire chiefs selected Isabell Dragoo’s plan and rewarded her efforts with a ride to school on a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS fire truck. Once at school, arriving at approximately 7:55am, students and teachers will join members of the fire department in celebrating fire and injury awareness efforts.