The three day program which started on Wednesday 27th July 2011 was held at four different venues, the Basseterre Fire Station, Sandy Point Primary School, the Edgar T Morris Primary School in Tabernacle, and the Vance Amory Fire Hall in Nevis.
Mrs. Natalie Fough, Founder of the Summer program, was the featured speaker at the closing ceremony. She explained to the gathering that she got the idea for this program after she visited a Monk Fire College in Pennsylvania, USA back in 1989.
Mrs. Fough further added that the summer program started on August 3rd in 2002 after being pushed aside for quite some time. With the help of the Indicom Ltd in Trinidad, Cable &Wireless (LIME), Reeds Data Services, The Cable and members of the Fire and Rescue Services, children between the age range five (5) to twelve (12) were able to learn the basics of fire, water and traffic safety.
She encouraged the children of this year’s program, to take to their respective homes what they have learned and pass on the information to their parents and other relatives. “Stay safe and parents listen to the voice of your children” said Mrs. Fough
The children were treated to a brief display from officers of the Drug Squad, who illustrated what happens when the trained K9 dogs carry out operations. The participants in turn demonstrated in short skits, poems and songs what they learned about fire, water and traffic safety.
To show their appreciation to the program instructors the participants also sang “ Fire Fighters, Fire Fighters, You all are great, You all are great, Taking what you taught us, Taking what you taught us, Job well done, Job well done.”