Fremont Fire Department Gives Safety Presentation at the ISEB Sunday School
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Pictures by Laeeq Ahmed

The Fremont Fire Department visited Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) Sunday School, recently to give a presentation about fire, medical, rescue, and life safety.

The presenters included Captain Rick Bota, Engineer Chuck Simms, Police Officer Zahid Aslam, and Firefighter Tony Trujillo.

They showed their gear and first aid equipment, and let the kids check out the truck.

The students were very excited and showed their interest and enthusiasm through their questions. One student wondered if the firemen had ever saved a kitty from a tree.

Firefighter Tony Trujillo stole the show with his demonstration of dressing full heavy gear of firefighters. That included boots, hat, gloves, and oxygen mask which transformed him into an ‘astronaut.’

Laeeq Ahmed, a senior volunteer at the ISEB Sunday School, was of the view that we never fully appreciate the value of teaching young children not to be afraid of a firefighter dressed in full gear, and specifically how important it is for young people to learn they should run toward a firefighter - not away - in the event of an emergency.

At the end of the presentation, the school management presented gifts to the Fire Department presenters.

The ISEB Sunday School, established in 1999, provides Islamic education to 265 students.

The School offers classes from Pre-K to Level-7 and has a set curriculum taught by professional teachers who also teach at various well-known institutions in Bay Area. The staff has expanded to 45 members from 3 teachers and 17 students in 1999.

The school has lot of extra-curriculum activities to motivate the students. A Quiz Competition and Hajj Poster Competition is held annually.

Its Annual Day program is a huge success. At this event students proudly show their parents and guests what they have achieved during the year.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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