Cape Tech Culinary Students Learn Hands-On Fire Safety

A chance to practice in a safe environment...
Harwich Fire Inspector Bruce Young helps a Cape Tech student extinguish a flammable liquids fire. (Cape Tech photo)

The Harwich Fire Department visited Cape Cod Tech Tuesday to provide hands-on fire safety instruction for students in the school's Culinary Arts program.

Fire Inspector Bruce Young gave the students live fire training on how to utilize a fire extinguisher.  Kitchen fires can easily fly out of control if not approached with the proper equipment used in the proper manner.

Chef Domenic Bachand asked the fire department to provide hands on training for his students.  "As the culinary arts chef instructor, I teach many facets of the culinary curriculum," says Chef Domenic.  "Workplace safety is one unit and we are working on a unit in grade 10 'Safety in the kitchen'.  The students are instructed on the 'classes of fires and fire extinguishers' and, this year, we had Harwich Fire Department safety officer, Bruce Young, come to Cape Tech to demonstrate for grades 10 and 11."

In Addition to the lecture, discussion and a Q&A period, Officer Young instructed the students in a hands on demonstration on which extinguisher to use with flammable liquids. The students practiced the PASS method.

"No need to worry the students were in good hands and protected wearing personal protection equipment," reports Mr. Bachand.

"In most cases we all see the fire extinguishers in our work places and hope we never have to use them, but these students had the chance to practice in a safe environment.  Check out the photo of our grade 11 student learning how to use the fire extinguisher with Firefighter Young!"

School staff and Harwich Fire Department officials plan to make this an annual training event at Cape Cod Tech.


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