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Learning fire safety and firefighting techniques

posted: Wed, Jan 24th, 2018

This spring, a group of four MOMS students will compete in the Fire Information Rescue Education Bowl, a contest that tests knowledge of fire safety and prevention, fire science, firefighting techniques, and the history of firefighting.

In preparation, the seventh- and eighth-graders will spend several months studying from a variety of sources, including the exact same handbook that New Jersey firefighters use in their training. The students will meet twice a week afterschool with Rachel Eby, the MOMS science teacher advising the club, to review the material and hone their knowledge.

“Kids absolutely love this club,” said Ms. Eby. “A lot of students dream of growing up to be firefighters and EMTs, so this gives them a taste of what it’s actually like.”

The highlight of the preparation will be a visit to the Middlesex County Fire Academy for all the students and coaches involved in the program statewide. The trip provides the participants with a first-hand look at actual firefighter training. Presentations will be conducted by academy instructors as well as by representatives from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety’s arson unit and their K-9 investigators.

Participating F.I.R.E. Bowl students from all over the state will take an 80-question multiple-choice test after completing their preparation. The two teams with the highest scores then duke it out in a college bowl-style championship match held at Kean University in May.

This is the first year in which MOMS is participating in the event. Ms. Eby, the daughter of a retired Newark firefighter who spent 42 years on the job, coordinated the F.I.R.E. Bowl club for two years at Belleville Middle School. When she began working at MOMS this year, she brought the idea to Susan Breton, school principal, who embraced the opportunity to provide students with a unique type of career exploration.

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has sponsored the F.I.R.E. Bowl every year since 2005.

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