Fire Safety School Programs by Grade

The Fire & Life Safety Bureau has worked with many other agencies in coming up with appropriate programs based upon the age level of the students. Our different School Programs are taught in varying grades, so that a child going through a school in the North Greece Fire District will be taught a wide spectrum of important fire and life safety lessons.

We currently have 9 elementary schools in our fire district (6 public, 3 parochial). We also have between 10-15 preschools as well as home school groups. Our entire program reaches more than 5,000 students between preschool and middle school ages.

Pre –K:
During the early years, our goal is to introduce the children to what a fire fighter does, looks like and the idea that we are part of the community that is here to help them in an emergency. We try to meet with them twice a year and we start our classes, usually no more than 35 minutes, with our Tools & Toys Program and then lead it into our Friendly Firefighter Program.

Our second visit to the Pre-K children involves us just going to their room and reading fire safety stories to them in our uniforms.

Kindergarten:
We try to visit out Kindergarten children twice each year as well. In our first visit, we introduce fire safety concepts to our children using the NFPA video “Sparky’s ABC’s of Firesafety”. After the video, there is some discussion and role playing of Crawl Low Under Smoke and Stop Drop and Roll. We discuss the importance of each as well as the importance of a meeting place, too. From there we lead into our Friendly Firefighter Program.

Our second visit to the Kindergarten children, like the Pre-K, involves us simply going to their room and reading fire safety stories to them in our uniforms.

1st Grade:
We visit our First Grade Children twice a year both in the Fall and Spring. Our Fall program is currently being re-worked.

For our Spring Program, we bring our “Hazard House” to the school. This “Hazard House” is really a pull behind E.D.I.T.H. trailer that has two classrooms where we teach exit drills to our students. We introduce/review the concepts of a fire escape plan and then practice them right there. After activating smoke detectors, we have the children crawl low under stage smoke that is piped throughout the trailer. They exit to a meeting place and then go to a “neighbor’s house” to “call 911”. It is an excellent hands-on learning experience for our children.

Our second visit to the Kindergarten children, like the Pre-K, involves us simply going to their room and reading fire safety stories to them in our uniforms.

2nd Grade:
We visit our second graders three times a year. For our Fall visit, we teach our 911 Program. Using our 911 Simulator, we teach the children when and how to call 911 using the AIMS Video, “Emergency Service: Hotline to Help”. After that, we have a portable 911 Center where the children can actually practice making 911 calls.

In the Spring, we visit twice. The first time we bring our “Hazard House Jr.” This is a small portable ‘doll house’ that has many hazards located inside from choking and poison hazards to fire and electric hazards. It is an excellent resource that can also be used in conjunction with the NFPA Risk Watch Program. Our second Spring visit is in partnered with the fifth grade Reading Buddies Program.

3rd Grade:
In 2004, we implemented a new NFPA program called “Where There’s Smoke There’s Science!” This program approaches fire from a scientific point of view and teaches children the source behind how fire works for better and for worse.

Also, as with the 1st graders, these children practice their Escape Plans using our E.D.I.T.H. Trailer.

4th Grade:
Children at this grade level receive a creative reading, writing and acting out program titled, “Acting Out Fire Safety.” There they work in teams to read about different fire safety messages and then act out a story to explain it to other students in their class. In the spring, we do a video presentation to discuss the dangers of playing with fire as well as the safe handling of gasoline.

5th Grade:
Students here receive a powerful NFPA video presentation called, “Fire Power.” This program drives home the importance of getting out of a fire quickly. Then, in the Spring, they also get to practice their escape plans in our E.D.I.T.H. Trailer.

6th & 7th Grade:
These children learn the facts of Kitchen Safety and Fabric Flammability in their Home & Careers class. Using a video presentation as well as a lecture / demonstration, children learn how to be safe in the kitchen around heat generating equipment.

8th Grade:
Currently, we are teaching Flammable Liquid Safety and Fire Extinguisher Safety in the Technical and Shop classes. Basically, students learn how and when to use an extinguisher as well as when not to use an extinguisher and back away.