El Paso-Teller County educates thousands of people each year on the appropriate use of 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 Mobile Classroom is a tool that allows us to give participants a hands-on experience allowing them to participate in a simulated house fire, practice getting themselves to safety, and allowing them to practice a 9-1-1 call. The 9-1-1 Mobile Classroom is recommended for ages seven and up.
9-1-1 Mobile Classroom Layout
The 9-1-1 Mobile Classroom is divided into two rooms: a kitchen and a bedroom. Participants can use phones in the kitchen, hallway, or bedroom to dial 9-1-1 and practice an emergency phone call.
The kitchen is equipped with interactive appliances. Scenarios that take place in the kitchen incorporate digital flames, theatrical smoke, and heat to create an element of realism.
The kitchen also has a severe weather package. Participants can learn the difference between a weather watch and warning. After learning the basics of weather safety, the 9-1-1 Mobile Classroom can simulate a tornado to include the sounds of rain, thunder, and high winds. A strobe light behind the curtain also flashes to simulate lightning.
The bedroom is equipped with a heated/smoking door, smoking outlet, smoke detectors, and cordless phone. Participants can be shown how to evacuate safely using the window escape ladder and practice dialing 9-1-1 from a safe location.