The Firefighter Training Show plays off every child’s curiosity to one day be a Firefighter – Hero.
The show allows volunteers from the audience, usually kids but we can use adults, to become our firefighter trainees (audience participation show). After being fitted in fire jacket and helmet the new trainees are introduced to the audience as their next generation of heroes and the volunteer firefighters are divided into two teams.
When the alarm tones sound calling engine one to duty it’s all trainees on deck. Each firefighter trainee/team gets to complete the basic tasks at our simulated fire scene: laying out fire hose, attaching it to the fire truck and putting on a nozzle. Using a real fire extinguisher to squirt water at simulated flames in our smoke rescue building in hopes they can knock the flames out of the window putting out the fire. (To enhance the simulated fire effect we use an odorless, non-toxic, white smoke; smoke dissipates in about 1 to 3 minutes) The dialog between our fire chief the audience and the new trainees is riddled with humor and educational information such as, in case of fire “Get Outside and Stay Outside” only firefighters attempt rescues. In between fire alarms the fire chief also introduces important fire safety lessons “Don’t Hide, Get Outside” and “Crawl Low, Under Smoke”.
What comes off as entertaining and fun today may save a life in the future. Throughout the show the audience is encouraged to cheer on our new trainees, as the shows activities become a friendly competition between our volunteer firefighters. The winner or team that wins our competition is our 1st place team and as a reward they get to climb tower one and aim its water cannon at which ever part of the audience they feel wasn’t cheering them on during the earlier events. The show ends with our fire tower water cannon shot. (fun paper streamers shot high into the air over an audience expecting they’re about to get 3000 gallons per minute wet)
Nobody is left out of our show. After tower ones surprising water cannon shot the audience is invited to stay and all the kids can practice “crawl low, under smoke” through our smoke-rescue facility, touch and feel real fire fighting equipment. All post show activities are free except kids size fire hats or other firefighter related toys/safety coloring books we may offer for sale.
Each show lasts approximately 20-30 minutes and involves 4 audience members, usually kids. Post show we operate the smoke-rescue facility, letting all the kids practice, “crawl low, under smoke” and offer good firehouse hospitality for an additional 5-15 minutes. Junior Firefighter play station is self-play and open to supervised kids 5 and younger.