Pete the Paramedic is a miniature robotic ambulance used by WDM EMS to promote safety and teach first aid to children. Pete has many of the same features as a real ambulance such as working lights and a siren. Some of the topics Pete can cover include:
- Bicycle safety
- School safety
- Safety around the home
- What to do before an ambulance arrives
Teachers and organizational leaders:
Would your group of children like to meet Pete? Contact our office at (515)222-3594 for more information. Pete's programs are a free service provided by WDM EMS to our communities as a part of our comittment to education and child safety. Check back often for new pictures of Pete and the kids he visits.
Print and color with this Coloring book.
Useful Child Safety Information
Iowa state law outlines that parents are required to make sure their child(ren) are properly restrained in a car seat when riding in a motor vehicle. A child under 1 year of age, who weighs less than 20 lbs., must be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system. A child under 6 years of age must be secured in a safety seat or booster seat. A child between 6 and 11 years of age must be secured in a child restraint system or by a safety belt. All children under 18 years of age must be secured by a safety belt. For further information on child restraints, call the Iowa Child Passenger Safety Hotline at 1-800-258-6419. For Certified Child Passenger Technicians and Child Restraint Checks, please visit: Blank Children's Hospital Child Passenger Safety page here.
Car seats that are in an accident must be disposed of and not removed. Although the car seat may look ok, there is a possibility that the structural integrity of the seat was damaged in the accident and is therefore unsafe to use.
BIKE HELMET PROGRAM
Helmets are a very important aspect of child safety. Unfortunately, many helmets are rendered useless due to poor fit or breaks in structural integrity. Helmets must be disposed of after an incident or an accident due to a possibility that the integrity of the helmet was damaged. In keeping with our commitment to promote community safety, WDM EMS has instituted a program to provide helmets free of charge to children whose helmets are damaged or worn, or for those who simply do not have one or are unable to obtain one. If someone should damage a helmet, it can be brought to our offices and exchanged for a new one. Working together, we can make outdoor activities as safe for our citizens as they can be. Contact our office at (515)222-3594 for more information.