APRIL 21, 1997

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Exchange students visit fire station #34

exchange students

Takaomi Kaneko put on 60 pounds of fire fighting gear, including full bunker gear, a breathing apparatus, a battle lantern, and a halligan tool, or "universal key," while his fellow students poked and prodded him. Said translator Toshiko Wiseman after Kaneko had put on and taken all the gear off, "And I thought skiing was a big headache!"
Photo by Andrew Walgamott/Northwest News.

exchange students by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Twenty-four Japanese exchange students stopped by Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District station #34 in Kingsgate last Thursday afternoon. The crew on duty gave the kids a tour of the station, sat them in ambulances and fire engines, and even let them do a little hose work out back.
   The students, seventh and eighth graders, are learning English during their stay with host families from Kamiakin Junior High last week, according to teacher Marci Williams, one of their guides during the week.
   The crew at the station was pleased with the visit. "We love doing this sort of stuff," said Dale Griffith, acting lieutenant at the station. "With foreign kids, we find we have a lot in common."