Back to School Safety in the Magic Valley


By Rachel Holt

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

Today marked the 17th annual back to school safety event in the Magic Valley.

The event was held at Con Paulos in Jerome.

The day featured first aid information, a bicycle rodeo, fire truck tours, and much more.

The back to school safety event aims to teach children in the community awareness.

Says Larry Robbins, Jerome Rural Assistant Fire Chief, "We just want to make sure that they know to call 9–1–1 and they have the opportunity to see us without our gear on. A lot of the time we can scare them if we have all our gear on. It's just a chance to come out and go through the trucks and meet all the people."

Emergency personnel stressed not only the importance of telling kids safety measures but also having them practice them in a series of mock scenarios.

Says Jay Gardner of the Jerome City Police Department, "What we're trying to do is teach some basic training for the kids. We're checking their balance, their hand signals on the bicycles, safety concerns."

In addition to a bicycle rodeo, children were able to practice fire safety in a mobile home setup.

Says firefighter Kevin Andersen, "Learning how to approach fires in schools, college, may seem a little childish. But childish may save your life one day."

12-year-old Ian Heffern, "If there's a fire in there you check the door with the back of your hand and if it's hot, you check the other door and if it's hot, you have to crawl because you don't want to breathe in the smoke."

A fun filled day, helping kids take new knowledge back to school.

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