Durant students learn fire safety with real fire

By Jessica Breger Staff Writer jbreger@civitasmedia.com

September 18, 2013

Durant seventh grade students got some hands-on experience with fire extinguishers last week as part of their Technology Engineering course.

Teacher Keith Kennedy said the course is designed to give hands-on instruction for subjects such as safety, problem solving, structural engineering and research and design, and connect them with core subjects such as math, science and language arts.

Durant Fire Marshal Wade Boyd brought a fire extinguishing demonstration unit to the school.

Each of the 60 students in the Technology Engineering course was able to put out a real fire using a pressurized water fire extinguisher with Boyd’s supervision.

“Mr. Boyd began each class by talking about fire terminology … reinforcing exactly what the students had learned a couple weeks ago. He also answered lots of questions,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said the students were very impressed with the day’s activity and he wants to thank the Durant Fire Department for “providing these students this experience that will hopefully stick with them the rest of their lives.”