Ironwood SP staff take children to work

Children check out an air ambulance at Ironwood State Prison.

Children check out an air ambulance at Ironwood State Prison.

Children visit prison fire department, climb in helicopter

By Lt. Kelli Madsen, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison

A firefighter demonstrates how to use the Jaws of Life.

A firefighter demonstrates how to use the Jaws of Life.

Ironwood State Prison recently participated in the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

According to organizers, the event helps children discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.

This national public-education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world and encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work, and community lives, organizers said.

This year’s theme was “#MPOWR Knowledge+Choice=Strength.”

Throughout the day, the children were able to participate in several activities, which included joining their parent in their work areas. They also participated in several crafts and visited the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and Ironwood State Prison Fire Department.

While there, the inmate firefighters displayed how they operate the “jaws of life” to rescue vehicle accident victims. The children were also given a tour of the firehouse and each received fire safety education materials. The big surprise came when the air ambulance landed and the children were able to get inside the helicopter and talk with the pilot and medical staff.

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Learn more about the theme, #MPOWR, and the event at https://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/?esid=theme

From left are Fire Captain Brian Brunton, Kenny Lynch, an inmate firefighter, a paramedic from REACH Air Ambulance, Sparky the mascot, another paramedic from the air ambulance, Fire Chief John Borrego and an inmate firefighter.

From left are Fire Captain Brian Brunton, Kenny Lynch, an inmate firefighter, a paramedic from REACH Air Ambulance, Sparky the mascot, another paramedic from the air ambulance, Fire Chief John Borrego and an inmate firefighter.

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