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Fire and Life Safety - School Programs
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Fire and Life Safety - School Programs


The Community Programs Section provides educational opportunities to the community in an effort to reduce the number and severity of fires and injuries. The message being sent to all school aged children will be consistent throughout all of the programs.

School Programs

Kindergarten – This program is the beginning of the fire safety learning arena, and is reinforced as the child progresses through higher grade levels. This program is taught by operational firefighters on an annual basis.

The concepts taught are 

  • basic understanding of smoke alarms
  • proper actions to take when smoke alarms activate

The following programs are taught by educators within Fire and Life Safety Division.

1st Grade – This program will reinforce and expand on the subject matter that was taught in kindergarten.

The concepts taught are

  • smoke alarms
  • proper actions to take when smoke alarms activate
  • fire escape planning
  • home fire drills

2nd Grade – This program will reinforce the knowledge that was gained within the 1st grade program.

In addition, students will physically practice home escape. The Fire and Life Safety House will be used to simulate smoke within a bedroom, and the student will demonstrate the proper methods to use for home escape.  

5th Grade – This program is the most comprehensive of all the programs being taught.

The concepts expanded on are

  • smoke alarms (handouts given to ensure properly working smoke alarms)
  • home escape
    • proper actions to take when smoke alarms activate
    • fire escape plans (handouts given to develop home plans)
    • home fire drills
  • other common fire hazards found in the home 
  • laws regarding fire play 

To ensure that learning concepts are being retained, the student will also participate in pre and post testing. 

Family and Consumer Sciences – These programs are at the request of the middle and high schools that teach family sciences.

The concepts taught are

  • cooking education, both for home use and commercial applications.
  • proper handling of heated food products
  • general fire safety regarding cooking appliances
  • proper actions to take in the event of an unwanted fire