EUGENE, ORE. -- Young adults with disabilities, who are part of the Springfield School District's Community Transition Program, participated in a fire extinguisher training on Friday, where they learned some of the basics of fire safety and how to appropriately extinguish a fire.
John Roche, the fleet logistics supervisor for Lane County Public Works, said because most people don't experience a fire firsthand, this training makes dealing with one less intimidating.
In a controlled environment with safe equipment, participants practiced with older fire extinguishers that expired and would have been thrown away.
"They get to have a good time, they get to try something they have never done before," Roche said. "Its exciting for us, we get to provide to the community with the resources we already have that would otherwise be disposed [of]. We're putting them to a better use."
Participants said they thought the training was helpful and can prepare them for the unexpected.
"Just in case of emergencies like fires, of course," Jesus Diffin-Ramirez, a participant, said. "I've seen, a long time ago when I was in Portland, I watched a neighbor's house [catch] on fire and they were still in there and it was pretty sad."
Diffin-Ramirez said if he has to experience a fire, he now knows what to do.
Teachers with the transition program said these skills are important for students so they can safely live alone.