On July 24, 2023, Red River Fire District’s Captain Jacob Santos, Firefighter Brandon Dowlen and Firefighter Ryan Palmer had the opportunity to speak to the Red River Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Captain Santos spoke about Fire safety, the many different things that the Fire Department does for the community, and the specialty tools that are used. Participants learned the importance of smoke detectors, what to do in case of a fire, and how to stop drop and roll.
Firefighter Ryan Palmer demonstrated how quickly a firefighter is expected to put on their Personal Protective Equipment, With a nice time of under 1 minute and 20 seconds. Firefighter Palmer also gave the participants an opportunity to get up close and personal with a fully dressed firefighter, along with seeing some tools that a firefighter keeps in their pockets. Firefighter Palmer also demonstrated search techniques that are utilized by firefighters.
Once the participants were done inside the library, they were invited to come tour the Fire Truck with Firefighter Dowlen. Firefighter Dowlen gave an excellent tour and demonstration of the tools and equipment that are used by the Fire Department.