Fire and paramedics host bicycle rodeo

East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts cadets, seasonal firefighters, family and friends helped with a bicycle rodeo at Aspen Park for students at Sunflower Learning Center Friday. They provided bicycle inspections and distributed eight helmets that were donated by Wal-Mart.

Students learned skills and were able to practice starting and stopping, turning and the appropriate hand signals.

The rodeo was the final component in an accident prevention curriculum Sunflower Learning Center had been teaching from a grant that EFFPD received.

The curriculum was purchased with a Risk-Watch grant from the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada.

The program is based around injury prevention and it includes eight modules on topics such as bicycle safety, water safety and gun safety.

The curriculum for the program was developed by the National Fire Protection Association.

East Fork made this program available to the Douglas County School District as well as local preschools.

This school year it will be a pilot program at Scarselli, Gardnerville, Meneley and Zephyr Cove elementary schools.

The program is based around classroom instruction that is then followed up with a demonstration or hands-on activity.


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