Firefighters are amongst those community helpers that risk their lives daily for our safety. Learn all about firefighters and so much more with these resources below.
This post is part of the Getting to Know Community Helpers Series
It was such a surprise to me to find out that there are retired firefighters that commit to volunteering at the fire station on their own time, most with no pay at all.
In fact, more than two-thirds of U.S. Firefighters are volunteers, about 745,000 of them in total. The other 370,000 are career firefighters (FireRescue1).
It blew my mind that there was a career choice in service, that has people actually volunteer for nothing. You don’t really see that in other professions. Sometimes dentists do some volunteer work. However, for volunteers to make up two-thirds of the staff is pretty impressive.
I was trying to read up on why people would even become a volunteer firefighter. I just didn’t understand why people would bother to put themselves in harm’s way for people they do not know and for no monetary compensation.
Firefighters have many “whys” and we are grateful for each one. I couldn’t help but come to the conclusion that volunteer firefighters just want to help out. They want to do their share of helping their community be safe.
In the current day and age of self-gratification and selfishness, this firefighter career is nothing short of amazing. This career choice, period, is pretty selfless, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we appreciate our local fire departments and are grateful for all they do.
Firefighters rock and your kids are sure to enjoy learning all about them in your homeschool.
These courageous community helpers put out fires, they rescue those in danger, they care for the sick in inured prior to taking them to the local hospitals, they work to prevent fires and they investigate the sources for fire.
Firefighters, and yes even the volunteers, go through constant training and skill development to maintain their skills as a firefighter.
Actually, firefighters need at least 100 hours of training before they can even legally step foot inside a burning building. Not to mention they learn to get dressed in full garb in less than two minute’s time.
Check out these FREE ways to learn about community helpers: firefighters, in your homeschool.
Grab these free printables and resources to learn about firefighters.
Let’s Learn About Firefighters! Lesson Plan | Scholastic
Firefighter Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
All About Firefighters | Learn with Homer
Fire fighting | Explain That Stuff
What is a Firefighter? (Older Kids) | Career Explorer
11 requirements to become a firefighter (Older Kids) | FireRescue1
Top 12 firefighter facts | FireRescue1
Fireman Lapbook FREE | Homeschool Creations
Resources to Teach about Firefighters | EdHelper.com
You can also take some time to teach your kids about fire safety with the free resources below.
Use firefighter-themed learning resources as you teach all about firefighters.
FREE Firefighter Worksheets | 123Homeschool4Me
FREE Firefighter Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten | Homeschool Preschool
Downloadable Firefighter FREE Workbook | Dazzling Daily Deals
FREEBIE: Firefighter Word Wall Writing Center | Brenda Tejeda
Firefighter Beginning Sounds | Free Printable Worksheets for Kids
FREE Firefighter Worksheet Pack | Cookies & Racecars
Letter F Activities — Fire Safety Week | Teaching Mama
FREE Firefighter Emergent Reader | Welcome to the Family Table
Head to the library to check out some books about firefighters.
Books About Firefighters and Fire Safety | Fantastic Fun and Learning
My Mom is a Firefighter Book Review AND lots of FREEBIES! | Grade Onederful
Firefighters & Fire Trucks – Books | No Time for Flash Cards
Books about fire fighters for kids | Gift of Curiosity
Preschool Books About Firefighters | Pre-KPages
Create a firefighter dramatic/pretend play area.
Fire Station Dramatic Play | Pocket of Preschool
Firefighter Helmet Crown | Sweet Sensations Crafts
Firefighter Hat Craft | All Kids Network
5 Fireman Crafts – Fire Fighter Crafts And Activities For Kids | 10 Minutes of Quality Time
Teach about hot and cold.
Hot and Cold Printable Pack | Simple Living Creative Learning
Teaching Hot and Cold | Extremely Good Parenting
Hot Air, Cold Air Science Activity | Learning 4 Kids
Super Simple Heat Experiment | Coffee Cups and Crayons
Amazing Hot and Cold Water Density Experiment | STEAMsational
Explore STEM, science experiments, and experiences related to firefighters.
Firefighter Slime Activities for Kids | Fire Department Family
Community Helpers Theme for Preschool: Bubbly Fires Science Activity! | The Preschool Toolbox
Climbing Firefighter STEAM Activity for Kids | JDaniel4’s Mom
Fire Slime- A Simple Slime Recipe for Science Fun! | Everyday Chaos + Calm
Enjoy some hands-on activities and games all about firefighters.
Fireman Activities for Preschool | Living Life & Learning
Fire Fighter Do-a-Dot FREE Printables | Gift of Curiosity
5 Little Fire Fighters Poem & Activity | Inspired by Family Mag
FREE Fire Fighter Sudoku Puzzles | Gift of Curiosity
Printable Firefighter Spot the Difference (FREE) | From ABCs to ACTs
Firefighter Kindergarten FREE Worksheets | Mess for Less
Fun Firefighter Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers | Rainy Day Mum
Put the Fire Out Fine Motor Play | Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Gross Motor (Shoot the Flames) | News with Naylors
Firefighters Theme and activities | Educatall
10 Best Firefighter Theme Preschool Activities | Mommy is my Techer
Firefighter Play Dough Activity For Preschool | Pre-KPages
Firefighters (FREE Game, Crafts, and Printouts to Color) | Enchanted Learning
Incorporate some crafts to go alongside your firefighter lessons.
How to Make Fire Flames with FREE Printable Template | Brilliant Little Ideas
5 Firefighters Handprint and Rhyme | KidsSoup
Fireman Picture Craft | First Pallette
Fire Fighters Paper Doll Craft | DLTK-Kids
Printable Firefighter Craft FREE | Learn Create Love
Watch videos about firefighters and what they do.
Learn about Firefighters for Kids Video | Happy Lion Learning
Video – Learning about Firefighters | MisterRogers.org
A Day in the Life – Firefighter Video | Nick Fanelli
Firefighter: How I got my job and where I’m going (video) | Khan Academy
Take a virtual tour of a firehouse.
FDNYSmart Virtual Firehouse Tour for Kids | New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
Fire Station Tour for Kids | City of Plano Texas
Brentwood Fire and Rescue Virtual Fire Station Tour | City of Brentwood
Teach your children about historical fires with your kids.
Don’t forget to do the most important things of all:
Why not make some fun and yummy treats for your local Fire Station?
Schedule a tour around the Fire Station if you could. Fire Stations also are more than willing to provide tours of fire trucks, which is always a hit with the kids.
Above all, make it a point to pray for firefighters and other community helpers each day of your unit. Firefighters risk their lives daily for the sake of the community. Let u spray the Lord keep them safe as they do so.
Don’t miss out on our other resources to give you a head start on studying more community helpers at home:
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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