Putting out fires

Firefighter Thom Ross and teaching assistant Joanna Alfone help student Ryan O’Connor handle the fire hose.

“How long does it take to get into your gear?” “How long is the fire hose?” “Who gets to hold the hose?”

Those were just some of the questions posed by Matheny School students to volunteer firefighters during the students’ annual visit to the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department. It was a fun afternoon, but it was also a learning experience as the students became more knowledgeable about all the equipment and the firefighters’ responsibilities.

The Fire Department visit is an example of how skills and behaviors learned in the classroom are practiced and used during interactive trips to various community resources. The Matheny School students and staff members were very appreciative that the P-G volunteer firefighters took time out from their normal schedules to spend some time with them.