Local agencies provided Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 during the month of October to bring some very important messages to the students. The mild fall weather was a perfect setting to bring the kids out from their normal class schedules to spend time learning about these vital services in our communities.
North Fork Ambulance was on hand to remind kids that EMS is here to help! They encouraged all kids to wear their helmets when they ride their bicycles and to always wear their seat belts when traveling in a car. The goal of North Fork Ambulance was to reassure students they will get help from the emergency medical personnel in an emergency.
Paonia Fire Department provided a very important safety talk inside the school and then each group of students were able to tour the fire trucks outside. They asked the students to go home and remind their parents daylight savings time is a good time to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at home. Also the firemen encouraged each student to take part in forming a family escape plan in case of fire and designate a place to meet outside the home in case of an emergency.
Local law enforcement was represented by the Hotchkiss Town Marshal's Office, Paonia Police Department and Delta County Sheriff's Office. They shared three very important safety take away messages:
1. Whenever you are afraid or something is wrong, go to the nearest trusted adult or first responder for help. Dial 911 for emergencies only!
2. When playing near streets or crossing streets, make sure to look both ways and make sure there are no vehicles in the roadway.
3. When riding your bicycle, always wear safety equipment and stay off the roadway. When crossing the street push your bicycle across!
Delta County Dispatch let students know about the importance of knowing their home address, and to be able to describe their surroundings in case they aren't at home and have an emergency. Emergency messages can also be sent by text to 9-1-1 by students with mobile phones.
This Safety Day program, reaching nearly 560 students, was organized by the local schools and the North Fork Ambulance. The presentation will be coming to Crawford Montessori School on Nov. 9. A big thanks to all the agencies who volunteer their time to educate, and respond to emergencies of all kinds in the North Fork Valley!