Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Students receive 911 training

May 18, 2006

The telephone is one of the most important safety devices.

That was the message first-grade students at Basehor Elementary received recently during annual 911 training. First-graders learned why to call 911 and had an opportunity to practice calling 911 on a simulator.

Stephanie Swensen and Holli Gruber are part of a group called AT&T Pioneers.

This group of volunteer telecom workers come into classrooms to teach children how to phone for help in case of an emergency, duplicating the exact process experienced during a real 911 call.

"Last year a student at Glenwood Ridge was able to use the information he learned to help save his little sister's life," Swensen told the class. "He is a 911 hero here in Basehor."

The students watched a video that described various emergency situations in which they might need to call 911 including an accident, fire and home break-in.

Using the simulator, each student was then able to practice calling 911, and they gave the operator their home address and phone number.

Swensen and Gruber visit first-grade classrooms in Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.

The program is given to more than 25,000 classrooms nationwide every year.

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