Child-size firefighter coats and hats were worn by the children while going through the safety course challenge. As the children maneuvered through the obstacle course, they answered safety questions.
After riding a bicycle through a course, participants used a water hose to knock over an orange cone that represented a fire. They climbed through tunnels, knocked open a door and carried a dummy named Rusty to safety.
Firefighters hold the classes four times a year. The Children's Safety Village is on 1.6 acres east of the Cross Timbers fire station, 5300 E Covell Road.
“We have kids who come back, and we keep reinforcing the safety messages,” said fire Maj. Mitch Rainwater. “If one or two more things stick with them, it may save their lives.”
One child has attended the program four times. He still draws pictures and brings them to Rainwater.
“He just might be a firefighter some day,” Rainwater laughed.