EASTERN’s CSI Students Suit Up with Upper Moreland Fire Dept.

UMFireDept1The Summer Fun Crime Scene Investigation class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove were given the opportunity to use a professional hydraulic cutter on a scrap vehicle under the direction of the Upper Moreland Township Fire Department on July 9, 2015. Hydraulic cutters are used by emergency rescue personnel to assist in vehicle extrication of crash victims, as well as other rescues from small spaces.
Dave Parke, EASTERN’s Crime Scene Investigation Instructor, is also a patrolman for Septa’s K9 unit. He has already introduced the students to the importance of CPR and UMFireDept1working dogs, and now wanted to give them the unique opportunity to cut a car open as fire department professionals would do in an emergency situation.
“It was great seeing the students so excited about the fire department visit and a chance to use actual rescue equipment on a vehicle,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “The Crime Scene Investigation Summer Fun class continues to be an excellent way for middle school students to get a first-hand look into all police and fire careers.”
UMFireDept4Through EASTERN’s Summer Fun program, students get the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while having fun and learning new things. EASTERN has been offering this summer enrichment opportunity for middle school students for more than 25 years. Other programs offered included Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Looking Good, Pastry Boss, Video Game Programming, and World of Construction.

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