YMCA Pre-Schoolers Get Real-Life Rescue Lesson

SANATOGA PA – They may have been too young to understand what was happening, but children who participated Thursday morning (Oct. 11, 2018) in a safety program being conducted by Sanatoga Fire Company volunteers at the YMCA Early Learning Center, 1000 Heritage Dr., got an unanticipated real-life lesson in what “rapid response” means to emergency personnel.

Firefighter-teachers were offering lessons to the youngsters as part of the company’s October “National Fire Safety Month” activities when their radios crackled with an alert. The Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies were being called to a vehicle accident on westbound U.S. Route 422. A pick-up truck had overturned (above); its driver was trapped inside.

Offering quick apologies, the volunteers bolted out the door and headed to the accident scene. Later during the day, on its Facebook page, the Sanatoga company offered a special “thank you to The Y Early Learning Experience for being very understanding of our rapid departure.”

And, it also noted, the story had a happy ending.

Crews from both companies arrived on 422 and began working. Sanatoga “quickly stabilized the vehicle,” it reported, and then was joined by vehicle rescue equipment and firefighters from Pottstown who “placed their tools in service to extricate the victim.” The effort, Sanatoga proclaimed, represented “great work by all personnel on scene,” and “resulted in a quick and efficient rescue!”

It probably created a life-long memory for those pre-schoolers, too.

Photo from the Sanatoga Fire Company via Facebook