A fire safety course from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (MWCOG) Fire and Life Safety Committee and the bravery of a five-year old girl saved an area family’s life.
According to a MWCOG release, on December 28, five-year old Alexandria girl Gabby Mushahwar was woken by the sound of a smoke alarm and crawled to her parent’s room to alert them that there was a fire. The family was able to evacuate their home safely and alert fire and rescue, according to a MWCOG release.
During the evacuation, Mushahwar was able to stay calm and give her family instructions on how to evacuate their home safely, based on what she learned during a MWCOG “Plan Your Great Escape” fire safety obstacle course in Dulles this past September, according to a release.
MWCOG – which covers several fire and rescue jurisdictions, including Prince William County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, and Alexandria – regularly hosts the informational obstacle course to help teach children about fire safety, and what to do in the event of a fire, stated a MWCOG release.
To honor her bravery, Station 301 and MWCOG Life Safety Committee members hosted a special day to help her to learn about the tools and gear worn by first responders, and to ride on a fire truck, according to a MWCOG release.