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For Immediate Release
May 15, 2013

Firefighters Help Teach Math Lesson at Florida Ave. Elementary

Slidell, LA. – On Tuesday May 14, 2013 St. Tammany Fire District #1
firefighters met with the 6th graders at Florida Ave. Elementary in
Slidell to discuss how math is used in the fire service.  Mrs. Karen
Tesei, the 6th grade teacher at Florida Ave. Elementary, contacted
the fire department to see if firefighters would be willing to help
demonstrate how math is used on the job. 

On the initial visit firefighters discussed how math is used to
calculate the occupant load for buildings as well as swimming pool
occupancy, insuring safety.  Additionally a firefighter, who dives
recreationally, shared with the students how important math is in
personal safety when diving.  The firefighters brought a ladder truck
and rescue truck to school to demonstrate to intrigued students how
they use math calculations to flow water through the fire hoses at
the correct pressures.  The firefighters used a 200 foot booster reel
hose to demonstrate water flow using precise mathematical calculations. 
The kids were divided into two groups.  Each group got the chance to
feel the water flow from the nozzle at various pressures as well as
see the operation of the pump panel which supplied water to the hose. 

In conclusion, firefighters were able to teach the 6th graders how math
is used to fight fire and keep people safe. 

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Chad Duffaut
Chief of Fire Prevention/PIO
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