Emergency Preparedness Day at MES


Emergency responders, vehicles visit school

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats as they listen to a firefighter talk about how firefighters respond to an emergency situation and what equipment they use. Firefighters and other emergency responders were at MES for the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students and their families took part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including law enforcement. Here a deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office addresses a group of students and family members.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harmony Gilliam, a student at Monarch Elementary School, smiles as she puts on the plastic firefighter hat she got during the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. In addition to learning about First Responders and the equipment they use in responding to an emergency, the students were given plastic firefighter hats to take home with them.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School During the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by their school’s Save The Children After School Program, Monarch Elementary School students got to tour First Responder vehicles like this one. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They then got to tour the vehicles the First Responders brought with them and, as you can see from the smiles on these children’s faces, they had a good time doing so.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats and look at flyers handed out by firefighters taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They were also given the plastic firefighter hats and information to take home with them.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Students at Monarch Elementary School watch and listen as a firefighter shows and explains to them the equipment he and his fellow firefighters use when they respond to a fire. Firefighters were among the First Responders taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The program brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students listen as they tour the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Post during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” The program, which was hosted by school’s Save The Children After School Program, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies. As part of the presentation by the First Responders participating in the event, students got to tour the emergency vehicles brought to the school.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Wearing or holding the plastic firefighter hats they received during the event, these Monarch Elementary School students line up along this fire truck for a picture during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” Hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program, Emergency Preparedness Day provided students and their families with the opportunity to meet with First Responders such as firefighters and learn about what they do and the equipment they use when responding to emergencies.


MONARCH — They are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week ready to respond to a variety of emergencies bringing with them vehicles, equipment, and the training and knowledge to protect the community, fight fires, and save lives.

They are the First Responders of Union County and their ranks include the members of local law enforcement agencies such as the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union Public Safety Department; the firefighters of the local fire departments; and the paramedics of the Union County EMS. Unlike most other public sector organizations and most stores, restaurants and other private businesses, First Responder agencies are never closed, never off duty, and their members are on call for whenever they are needed.

In addition to fighting crime, putting out fires, and providing emergency medical attention, the First Responders of Union County also help local schools educate children about emergency preparedness. That’s what happened recently at Monarch Elementary School where members of the various local First Responder agencies took part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program.

A statement issued by the school states that the event, which was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, involved students and their families who were given the opportunity to meet with First Responders, see presentations on the equipment they use when responding to an emergency, ask questions, and tour the emergency vehicles the First Responders brought with them to the program. In addition, the students were given plastic firefighter hats to take home with them as a souveneir of Emergency Preparedness Day and a reminder of what First Responders do and why it is important for everyone, even children, to be ready for an emergency and know what to do and who to get help from.

Emergencies happen, that’s a fact of life. In Union County we are lucky to have dedicated First Responders who are willing to be there any hour of the day and day of the week to help when we need them. We are also lucky to have First Responders who are willing to take time out of their day to help schools teach children the importance of safety in preventing emergencies and being prepared to effectively deal with one should it occur. We are also lucky to have schools like Monarch Elementary that are willing work with our First Responders to provide that much-needed instruction and help keep their students and their families safe.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats as they listen to a firefighter talk about how firefighters respond to an emergency situation and what equipment they use. Firefighters and other emergency responders were at MES for the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-3-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats as they listen to a firefighter talk about how firefighters respond to an emergency situation and what equipment they use. Firefighters and other emergency responders were at MES for the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students and their families took part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including law enforcement. Here a deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office addresses a group of students and family members.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students and their families took part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including law enforcement. Here a deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office addresses a group of students and family members.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harmony Gilliam, a student at Monarch Elementary School, smiles as she puts on the plastic firefighter hat she got during the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. In addition to learning about First Responders and the equipment they use in responding to an emergency, the students were given plastic firefighter hats to take home with them.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-4-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harmony Gilliam, a student at Monarch Elementary School, smiles as she puts on the plastic firefighter hat she got during the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. In addition to learning about First Responders and the equipment they use in responding to an emergency, the students were given plastic firefighter hats to take home with them.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School During the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by their school’s Save The Children After School Program, Monarch Elementary School students got to tour First Responder vehicles like this one. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They then got to tour the vehicles the First Responders brought with them and, as you can see from the smiles on these children’s faces, they had a good time doing so.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-8-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School During the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by their school’s Save The Children After School Program, Monarch Elementary School students got to tour First Responder vehicles like this one. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They then got to tour the vehicles the First Responders brought with them and, as you can see from the smiles on these children’s faces, they had a good time doing so.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats and look at flyers handed out by firefighters taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They were also given the plastic firefighter hats and information to take home with them.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-7-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students put on plastic firefighter hats and look at flyers handed out by firefighters taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program. The program, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies including fire departments. The students learned about First Responders and what they use in responding to an emergency. They were also given the plastic firefighter hats and information to take home with them.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Students at Monarch Elementary School watch and listen as a firefighter shows and explains to them the equipment he and his fellow firefighters use when they respond to a fire. Firefighters were among the First Responders taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The program brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-6-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Students at Monarch Elementary School watch and listen as a firefighter shows and explains to them the equipment he and his fellow firefighters use when they respond to a fire. Firefighters were among the First Responders taking part in the “Emergency Preparedness Day” program hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The program brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students listen as they tour the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Post during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” The program, which was hosted by school’s Save The Children After School Program, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies. As part of the presentation by the First Responders participating in the event, students got to tour the emergency vehicles brought to the school.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-2-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Monarch Elementary School students listen as they tour the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Post during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” The program, which was hosted by school’s Save The Children After School Program, brought students and their families together with personnel and equipment from local First Responder agencies. As part of the presentation by the First Responders participating in the event, students got to tour the emergency vehicles brought to the school.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Wearing or holding the plastic firefighter hats they received during the event, these Monarch Elementary School students line up along this fire truck for a picture during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” Hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program, Emergency Preparedness Day provided students and their families with the opportunity to meet with First Responders such as firefighters and learn about what they do and the equipment they use when responding to emergencies.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_MES-Preparedness-5-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Wearing or holding the plastic firefighter hats they received during the event, these Monarch Elementary School students line up along this fire truck for a picture during “Emergency Preparedness Day.” Hosted by the school’s Save The Children After School Program, Emergency Preparedness Day provided students and their families with the opportunity to meet with First Responders such as firefighters and learn about what they do and the equipment they use when responding to emergencies.
Emergency responders, vehicles visit school

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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