Today marked an exciting day for our Haywood elders’ class. Having spent a lot of time in the classroom diligently studying Civics and English, it seemed like an opportune time to get out and learn something new. Many of our elders have never seen a working fire station, and the good folks at Metro Station 6 were willing to show us around. The captain took us around and showed the elders: the control room, break room (although it was hard to pry the elders away from the comfy couches), sleeping quarters, and locker room. Then the highlight of the visit, the fire engine!!! The elders got to see and hear the engine in action, and then they got put to work. Each got a turn manning the fire hose, and they were all naturals. Suffice it to say I would not hesitate to put any of them on my hotshot crew. The elders then got a chance to try on some of the firefighting gear. We then bid adieu to the crew at Metro Station 6, but not before snapping a few photos.
After returning to class we did a breakdown of what we learned and enjoyed about the trip. The elders seemed to genuinely enjoy learning about firefighting, and know a little bit more about something they probably see every day. This could not have been done without the help of Assistant Fire Marshal Maggie, the wonderful crew of Metro Station 6, and our Nepali interpreter Ram.