Fire Station, by JumpSeeWow, opens up on a cartoon street. As you move the little bunny, she rides her skateboard down the street. She passes the fire station where, if you tap the garage door, you can enter. This takes you inside the firehouse, where you meet Firefighter Chuck.
Using video clips taken inside a working firehouse, Firefighter Chuck takes you on a guided tour around the building. He stops at the kitchen, the sleeping quarters, the radio room, and finally the garage where the engines are parked. He also demonstrates how he puts on his gear, explaining the importance of his helmet, his tool belt, his oxygen mask, and his boots. In another clip, he shows how the fire truck works, complete with lights and sirens.
Firefighter Joel is parked on the street outside the Fire House. If you touch him, it takes you to a clip filmed inside a real rescue squad. Since a paramedic’s job is to help people when they are injured and need to get to the hospital, he needs to have lots of equipment in his truck. He opens the cabinets and shows all the supplies that are packed in there.
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This is an easy iPad app that can be used by children as young as 3. It explains what a firefighter does in plain and simple language, using professionally recorded video clips ranging from about two to four minutes in length. Kids will enjoy watching Firefighter Chuck show them around, especially when he slides down the pole to where the fire trucks are parked. Imagine how this will enhance your child’s playtime with his own fire truck!
Children are naturally curious about firefighters, but they can also be intimidated by them, especially if they are wearing all of their gear. Fire Station is an app that shows where firefighters stay and what they do to keep ready. For kids who love all things related to fire trucks, this is a great choice.
Fire Station is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. Her iPad has become her favorite therapy tool.
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