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EMS gets kids in safety mode

HALFWAY GARDENS - The Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS), based in Halfway Gardens in Midrand, recently took time out to talk safety with the children from Moms and Tots preschool and Anita Kindergarten.

The children were treated to a ride on the fire truck, a road safety talk and received goodie bags filled with sweets and chips.

Constance Masilela, speaking on behalf of the community outreach department of EMS, said they also taught the children how to make a call to the emergency services. “They responded very well to the safety talks even though they are young. We did not want to bombard them with a lot of information, but as they grow they will learn more,” she said,

Officer Ayanda Mbewu from Metro Police said she taught the children how to cross the road properly. She was amazed by the discipline shown by all the kids. “They are such a good bunch of children,” she said. “I taught them a song that involves looking left and right before crossing the road.”

Road safety is a sentiment that Mbewu shares with the principal of Anita Kindergarten. “Our pupils live in a township [where a lot of drivers drive fast] therefore it is good that they learn these road rules.”

She also said the excursion to the station served as an educational tool. “Our method of teaching involves seeing and touching meaning we did not want them to learn theory only, we wanted them to learn practically as well which is why we came to the station,” she said.

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