Fourth-graders Learn Fire Safety from the Professionals

Fourth-grade teacher Grant Rolls writes on a recent instructional visit by the Tokyo Fire Department.

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On January 16, the Tokyo Fire Department visited ASIJ to teach all fourth-grade students about fire and earthquake emergency procedures, not only with safety in mind but also in conjunction with their recent science unit. They held activities on the elementary school basketball court with the assistance of firefighters from the Tokyo Fire Department. The team of firefighters guided students through behind-the-nozzle extinguisher training, walked them through the smoke-survival training tent and even trained them on earthquake readiness with a specially designed earthquake-simulating truck.

Grateful for the experience, the fourth-grade classes created an enormous thank-you poster covered in photos and words of appreciation. The poster was hand-delivered to Captain Ishizaki at the nearby branch of the Tokyo Fire Department, with the help of Yasu Nakayoshi (maintenance manager).

A big thank you to the Tokyo Fire Department for their visit and also to Yasu and The Japan Center for helping with the translating, arrangements and support for the activities.