Visit to Fire Station and Water Works - British International School

On Tuesday 13th November Key Stage 1 went to the main Fire Station in Belgrade. The children enjoyed the experience very much as they were able to see all aspects of the Fireman’s life at the station and went up in the lift on one of the fire engines to the top of the building. It was very high! They were also taken out in groups in one of the fire engines. It was driven around Belgrade with its sirens working and then it was even driven through red traffic lights!

The children were allowed to try on the fireman’s uniform and helmets and got to see the control room, their canteen, classroom, the fitness area, control room and where they sleep when they are on duty.

The whole experience was a positive one, the children had a great time and learnt lots and I even think the Firemen enjoyed it too!

If parents want to see more about our trip the children in Key Stage 1 have created a very interesting and informative display in the Primary School.

And where would the Fire Brigade be without water?

In fact, where would any of us be without water?

Water’ is the current Year 5 Geography topic and we have discovered a few interesting facts: Do you know that we use approximately 170 litres of water each a day? Do you know that water flows through the Belgrade city water pipes at a rate of 11,000 litres per second? Do you know that the people of Belgrade would have just one and a half days of water in their taps were something seriously wrong to happen to the city’s water supply?

We found this out on a cold, grey Friday when we traveled along the Sava River to Makiš, the largest water treatment plant for the Sava Riverwater. Makiš is huge!

After a technical lecture on the many stages in the process of water purification, we visited the canteen for refreshing juice.

We then made a tour of some of the enormous buildings which house the water cleansing machinery. What a noise those giant pumps make! We climbed up and down staircases and past large pools and deep wells of water. We were surprised to find ourselves walking past piles of sand and were told that water is filtered through a metre of sand in one stage of the process. By the time we had finished we appreciated the effort and expense needed to maintain clean water for us all. Our next focus is to find out how we can conserve water.