IF YOU TEACH IT, THEY WILL LISTEN by Ashley Losch, Firefighter-Paramedic/PIO, Glendale Fire Department
“… when I see that students really understand the skills that I am teaching and are able to successfully model those skills. The pride on the students’ faces as they model the life-saving skills is priceless.”
GLENDA LE LI V ING
magine your lesson for the day starts with a shiny yellow fire truck pulling up in front of your school and four firefighters step off the truck to be your teachers. That happens almost daily at schools across the City of Glendale. What a change from long ago when teaching and learning were typically done solely in the classroom. Students sat at their desks looking up at a chalkboard while the teacher gave them their lesson. Today teaching and learning have taken on a whole new meaning with the invention of smart boards and computers. Kids are learning in an entirely new way. As firefighters, we are given the opportunity to spread safety messages everywhere we go. We find ourselves working as fire pals in elementary schools. This is where a firefighter goes into a classroom and teaches children various things about safety. Lessons like stop, drop, roll and cover your face have become some of the most well-known messages out there. Those messages started in a classroom. We also go out into the community for block watch meetings, block parties, water safety talks and CPR classes. The list truly is endless.
Teaching and prevention are some of the most important things we can do to keep our community safe. The Glendale Fire Department has always had the highest level of commitment to safety. We even have our very own public educator on staff to make sure the educational needs of the public are met. Meet Dr. Janet Boberg. Boberg holds numerous degrees including a bachelors in sociology, a masters in educational administration, a masters in counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in research and evaluation. Along with her impressive educational background, she brings more than 30 years of teaching experience with her. She has worked for the Glendale Fire Department since 2007.
In that time, she has run the Youth Firesetters Intervention Program, the Teen CERT Program and taught countless CPR and safety classes. Boberg’s accomplishments are a mile long and she has certainly had an impact on the Glendale community. When asked what her favorite moment of being an educator for the Glendale Fire Department is, she said, “… when I see that students really understand the skills that I am teaching and are able to successfully model those skills. The pride on the students’ faces as they model the life-saving skills is priceless.” It is impossible to know how many people we have helped or reached over the years as we spread the message of safety with our community. It is also impossible to say if lives were saved. What we do know is we will forever take the opportunity to share life-saving information with anyone who will listen, and we will continue to do everything we can to keep children safe.
Please remember to watch your kids around water. Drownings are preventable. THE EDUCATION EDITION • FALL 2019