Fire safety education is one of the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s primary goals. Fire safety education is the key to saving lives and is taught throughout the year. Our main focus is on home fire safety because a majority of fire deaths occur in the home. The department’s fire marshals also educate area businesses on fire safety.
The combination sprinkler/fire safety house is a valuable educational tool used to teach children and adults about fire safety and burn prevention. The house is a single-story model with a kitchen, bedroom, and burn area. The fire safety house is located on a trailer and functions on a generator allowing setup anywhere. Children and adults are taught how to successfully exit a burning building and how to prevent fires and burns through “hands-on” exercises. Personnel can also demonstrate to home and business owners that residential and commercial sprinkler systems help prevent fires from spreading out of control.
Freddie is a fully animated robot that moves, speaks, winks, blinks, and sounds a siren all by remote control. Freddie maneuvers easily in school classrooms and is the perfect size for teaching fire safety to children.
The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department, with the help of State Farm Insurance Company, Inc., constructed a platform that serves as a great demonstration for teaching young children how to exit a second story window using an escape ladder.
Station tours and engine visits are set up all during the year. During theses tours, safety lessons are taught. Children get a first-hand look at fire engines, hear the sirens, watch a safety video, and much more. Theses tours allow children to see firefighters as their friends. The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department also participates in public relations events throughout the year. This involves an engine company going to a location such as a business or school to display the engine and talk to children in attendance at the events. These events provide opportunities to educate individuals on fire safety. Information packets and pamphlets on fire safety are distributed and children receive red fire hats and other “goodies.” Engine companies cannot be scheduled to appear at a person’s home for a birthday party or any other personal function. The engines are only scheduled for city organizations, businesses and business functions, schools, daycares, and other approved events. Birthday parties are also not allowed to take place in the fire stations. Children attending a party may tour a station but no festivities may take place in the station itself.
The Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a six week program that offers a small group of area residents the opportunity to view and participate in the activities and services provided by the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department (MFRD). Academy participants will receive an insider’s view of the MFRD’s operations. The Academy concludes with a graduation ceremony. Class members will receive a certificate of completion from the MFRD. Here is more information about the Citizens Fire Academy.
Applications are now being accepted through September 7, 2012, for Session 10 of the Citizens Fire Academy.
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