Hi, I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Wayne Georgiana, please meet my wife Mara, 2 daughters Caylee and Ryenne and our dog Sammy (not in picture). I am a retired career firefighter/EMT with 30 years of service, a public safety educator, a fire service instructor, an EMT instructor coordinator and a disabled Veteran.
My military career spans 20 years of honorable service which consisted of two tours overseas in combat zones, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait and Kirkuk Regional Air Base (KRAB) Iraq, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (9/11/2001) and Iraqi Freedom (05/01/2007).
Lil’ Jake’s® started with a family trip to Fort Wayne Indiana in 2013 to visit family. While there, our two young daughters were talking with their cousins about a safety village that they (cousins) get to visit on a field trip in the 4th grade. As a 28-year career firefighter my first response was, I need to see this place! Upon our arrival to this safety village my immediate thought was, how do I get this portable?
After experiencing the village, I knew this would be the next chapter in my life. It was reinforced one day when Caylee and Ryenne came home from school and said the firefighters visited them. They said the firefighters told them that if their house is on fire they need to stop, drop and roll. That made me more passionate than ever to create what is now known as Lil’ Jake’s® Safety Village LLC. Just for the record the firefighters told the girls “when your house is on fire you fall and crawl, when you are on fire you stop, drop, cover and roll.
The issue here was there was no affective or emotional feeling was included in their training. In other words, the kids were not provided an environment in which they could apply the skills just learned.
As an educator, instructor and dad I have come to learn how to be . Learning is a process comprised
While performing my market research and dreaming my dream I realized how incredible would it be for kids to have their birthday parties in a village fire station, hospital or police station in their own yard which allows for experiential learning and interactive play. This led me to believe that I was on to something exciting.
What I find very sad and frustrating is that there are no portable recreational facilities that offer experiential life safety education, interactive play and accommodate children with ALL abilities. As my young caring daughters grow older they miss out on the opportunity to experience “interactive play” with their friends that have disabilities. To see such a social issue be blatantly disregarded is extremely disheartening and that is why my life mission is what it is.