Students learn first hand about duties of first responders

Students learn first hand about duties of first responders

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - First and second grade students from Valley View Elementary School learned what Jonesboro first responders do at their jobs.

The students are part of a school safety team that teaches them how to react in emergency situations, such as using the intercom to call emergency services and how to lead the classroom in the case of a natural disaster.

The students got to learn the tools of the trade from the Jonesboro first responders in small groups.

Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said this is a program they have offered for about 5 years.

"They get to go around and see each vehicle, talk with the officers, work directly with the fire department," Presley said. "We kind of plant that seed of knowledge. If they ever have to interact with police, fire, medical or 911, they'll have some knowledge of what we do."

The Jonesboro Police Department, Fire Department and EMS crews were on site to teach the kids.

"This is something that's going to stick with them forever," Presley said. "We want them to be comfortable when they have to encounter a police officer, a firefighter or a paramedic. If they have to call 911, we want them to know who we are."

Right now, the Valley View School District is the only one to participate in the program but Presley said he'd like if other districts in Craighead County could get a chance to participate as well.

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