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Students learn about emergency response during Youth Preparedness Public Service Career Day

FITCHBURG (WKOW) — Madison students learned about what to do in an emergency situation from first responders Tuesday.

In promotion of safety during the National Fire Protection Week, Fitchburg Fire and Rescue Department, UW Health, and community partners hosted a Youth Preparedness Public Service Career Day event.

Students and teachers from Madison La Follette High School learned to respond to an emergency through the “Extreme Event” game. This award-winning game is designed to create resilience through decision-making and problem-solving scenarios.

The students also participated in simulated disaster scenarios and rotate between stations to learn emergency skills.

“I don’t expect these kids to save the world today, but I expect them to have an understanding of what needs to happen in an emergency situation so that if something were to happen, they’re going to be there they’re going to help out,” said Oregon Fire Captain Tom Eithun.

The event’s goal is to expose kids to careers in public safety, empower them to become proactive in promoting safety, create self-confidence and resiliency, and prepare them for potential unsafe situations in their home, school, and community.

The event is hosted by UW Health’s Child Safety and Injury Prevention, Fitchburg Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fitchburg Police Department, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin Youth Preparedness Program of the Center for School, Youth & Citizen Preparedness, FEMA Region V, and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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