Daisy Scouts visit NCFD

The North Catasauqua Fire Department was invaded by a lot of little people Feb. 6 and each one of them wanted to get a glimpse of the big fire truck.


But before that, the members of Daisy Troop 6011 from St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua had to do a bit of listening, as volunteer firefighter Harry Huhn spoke to them about about fire safety.  Huhn talked about why people call 911, why a smoke detector beeps and how to exit the house when there is a fire and never re-enter the house once you leave.


While demonstrating the operation of a smoke detector, Huhn spoke about the importance of having a working smoke detector on every floor of a home. He explained how the detector works, the importance of changing the batteries, testing them on a regular basis and making sure the family has two ways out of the house in case of a fire. He also spoke about making sure everyone has a safe meeting place away from the house when evacuation is needed.


The Scouts also toured the fire station and learned about the different types of tools on the trucks and how they are used to help people.


Troop leader Marcia Tomcics modeled the gear firefighters must wear to protect themselves while extinguishing a fire. The visit allowed the girls to earn a red petal for their Daisy Girl Scout uniforms. The Girl Scout Daisy petals, traditionally seen on the girls' blue smock, are learning petals. The red petal symbolizes an understanding of courage and strength.


As part of the Girl Scout Promise, the girls do their best to live by the Girl Scout Law, which includes the words "courageous and strong."  At the end of the evening, all of the girls thanked the firefighters for helping them learn about being courageous and strong.