Keen to learn...Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighter Trent Macgregor is surrounded by Elsie Street Kindergarten pupils, who visited the fire station on Wednesday. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

“Get down, get low, get out” was the advice children heard during a visit to the Gore Fire Station.

Pupils from Elsie Street Kindergarten visited the fire station on Wednesday.

Senior Firefighter Glen Haywood delivered basic Firewise programme messages, brought to life by activities such as crawling under cover for safety.

Mr Haywood said the Firewise programme had different messages for different age groups – under 5s, 5 to 8-year-olds and 8 to 10-year-olds.

For under-5s, the main focus was introducing them to the fire service and reassuring them not to be afraid if a fire appliance and firefighters turned up at their place, he said.

The 5 to 8-year age group were very keen to hear and implement the advice.

“They tell Mum and Dad ‘you need to get smoke alarms’.”

Those children were relentless in pleading with their parents to buy smoke alarms if the family did not have them.

Teachers reported children coming back to school and saying their parents had bought smoke alarms.

Kindergarten teacher Shelley Craig said pupils had taken part in a seven-week programme, All About Me, and were learning about the community they lived in and the people that helped.Nike sneakersNike News