“Don’t be scared, be prepared.”

This is a phrase that will be taught to students in the Rescue Kids class, a collaborative effort to help children in the Brooklyn and Oregon community gain important skills when dealing with a possible emergency situation.

The Saturday morning class will be held five times over the next few months at the Brooklyn Fire/EMS facility, 401 W. Main St., Brooklyn. The class, taught by retired Brooklyn Elementary School teacher Dale Schulz and offered through the Oregon School District’s Community Education and Recreation Department, is for fourth- and fifth-grade children who have not had basic first aid training.

During the class, kids will learn basic first aid information, how and when to call 911 and how to be safe if there is a fire. Students will pack a pillowcase kit with necessary emergency items in order to be better prepared in case of a natural weather emergency.

Brooklyn EMS volunteers will also share information regarding pets, how to handle younger siblings and the type of equipment that they would see if an ambulance should arrive.

Parents are invited at the conclusion of the class for a brief tour of the Brooklyn Fire/EMS facility and ambulance.

There are five opportunities available to take the Saturday morning class, held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25 or March 11.

Parents may enroll their children for any of the classes by registering at oregonsd.org/community, at the Oregon Pool or OSD office. The cost is $15 per student to cover expenses and materials provided to the students. There is no deadline for registration.

– Samantha Christian