School leaders are encouraged to create a plan for groups of children to rotate between the classroom and fire truck.
During the classroom visit a firefighter will dress in his or her gear one piece at a time, giving the children the opportunity to interact and explore in a fun, non-threatening environment. This also reinforces concepts of consistency as the children learn that firefighters are the same community helpers, with or without a mask.
Note: Children under the age of 3 often have a difficult time with this concept. In order to establish a positive relationship with community helpers from an early age we recommend that groups of very young children participate in the fire truck portion only.