A new educational safety program, designed to teach children five safety steps to follow in an emergency, was unveiled at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s annual Fire Service Day at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood on May 14. The department’s annual open house event drew thousands of Angelenos to their local fire stations to interact with first responders, learn how to stay safe and, at select locations including Fire Station 27, enjoy a pancake breakfast.
Following remarks by LAFD Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, community members and their children gathered upstairs at the museum for a presentation from Wilshire the Fire Dog on fire safety, and the launch of the “R. Hero Rules for Safety,” a program from The Hero In You Foundation. The non-profit is dedicated to honoring first responders and inspiring youth to be heroes in their own lives.
The live component of the program connects kids with Rocket, an animated Dalmatian puppy character from the foundation, which allowed kids to connect via Skype to play games, ask questions and learn the 5 steps for safety in any emergency. Coloring books and the R. Hero children’s book series were also handed out to attendees.
The 5 steps for safety as told by Rocket are as follows:
- Be Prepared
- Stay Calm
- Follow the Plan
- Stay in Your Safe Zone
- Call for Help
To watch the introductory video for the “R. Hero Rules for Safety” program, visit The Hero In You Foundation’s website.