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Fire and Rescue News: Be A Safe Sitter This Summer

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For years, adolescent babysitters have been “stepping in” for parents who are “stepping out.” And while many of these young people bring with them a love and desire to care for children, few are prepared for the magnitude of responsibilities they assume. East Pierce Fire teaches the Safe Sitter curriculum to help equip students with life-long skills and create a future generation of more safety conscious adults and responsible parents.

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 14 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. The three–day class teaches safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. In addition to fire and injury prevention, it teaches them business skills for running their own babysitting business including screening clients, setting rates, and learning how to set boundaries on what they can and cannot do for their clients.

There’s only one class left in 2016!

Class Schedule:

Aug. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At Station 118 (10105 24th St. E., Edgewood)

The cost is $40 per student, due at registration. Call (253) 863-1800 to register. Registration forms and additional information are available online at www.eastpiercefire.org. The class is limited to 26 students, so register early!

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