Boy Scouts from Troop number 5 in Aberdeen earned their fire safety merit badges over the weekend, with the help of some local firefighters. They’ve learned about the fire triangle, escape plans, created an escape plan for a local church, and learned about the different types of fires. But all of that’s in the handbook. Battalion Chief Troy Palmer, with the help of the Aberdeen Fire Department setup controlled burns and fire extinguisher tests.
The kids got to blast a test fire with outdated-extinguishers, hookup an engine to a fire hydrant, and blast safety cones off of the pavement at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Saturday afternoon. “It was a lot of fun for them.” Scout Master Glen Piehl said “A fun merit badge for the boys, it was one that was very education for them. But some of the work that they’ve been doing over the last month or so has been maybe a little more instructional-based and today was practical but it also was fun.”
Firefighters raised the ladder and offered short rides around the parking lot Saturday afternoon.
Palmer has a son in the scouts, and is a scout from Troop 5 himself, he put together the program together, with the help of the local firefighters and EMTs and said it’s the first of its kind that he can remember.