This week, we have been learning about fire fighters BECAUSE we had an awesome field trip coming up to the fire station! We read about where fire fighters work, what they do, and how they help the community. We labeled fire fighter pictures, wrote about them and made fun hats.
On Friday, we went to the main central fire station. We got a tour in exchange for a bag of fruit (another class tipped us off that the fruit might encourage them to show off the best stuff). There, we got to see real fire fighters. They showed us their uniforms, equipment and trucks. In Mandalay, all of the trucks were donated by other countries. We saw trucks from China and Japan. The trucks had different uniforms to go with them. They also showed us how they ring the bell by hand when there’s a fire. They also bang a sort of gong to tell the time for locals nearby.
Earlier in the week, I told the students that fire hydrants always have water in them. I was corrected by my assistant teacher: in other countries, they always have water. Recently in town, a market burned down because there wasn’t water in the fire hydrants nearby and the trucks had to go to collect water from the moat around the old palace. She also said in Myanmar, if a fire starts at your house, you have to pay for the fire trucks that come to the rescue. I thought those were some interesting insights.