Over the course of the last two weeks, members of the Centereach Fire Department took part in their annual Teddy Bear Clinic for the Middle Country School Pre-Kindergarten Classes. This is the second year that they have participated and have gone to both Unity School as well as North Coleman School, which are located within the Centereach Fire District. Middle Country School District also contains two schools in Selden’s Fire District, which were visited by volunteers from Selden’s Fire Department.
During the visit, the children learned how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. They also learned the importance of proper hand washing and how to clean and bandage a small cut. Many of the children had never seen an ambulance before and were quite nervous, however changed their minds when they realized it wasn’t scary at all. “The opportunity to educate children in the community is something our members look forward to each year. It gives our EMS members a chance to share their knowledge and educate the community. A majority of our calls are EMS related and it’s important the community not just associate us with fire response.” says Chief Corley.
Jessica Byers, EMT at the Centereach Fire Department was one of the many who participated this year. “One little girl was so scared. She said that the ambulance was so big and she was so little. I love doing these events. That little girl walked away that day and wasn’t afraid anymore”.
The Centereach Fire Department is eager to participate next year in the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Middle Country School District. It is a rewarding experience for both the children as well as the volunteers.
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