Fire Safety & Education
The Fayetteville Fire Department works with local schools and the community to educate students and young adults about fire prevention and emergencies. During Fire Prevention Month, the Fayetteville Fire Department hosts lectures on fire prevention techniques, fire escape and safety, fire and first response roles in emergency situations, and smoke detector education.
The Fire Department also educates elementary and middle school students about various firefighting equipment and how they are used in emergency situations. Firefighting, Rescue, and HazMat equipment can look scary, however, education on how they are used and safety precautions can help teach children not to panic when they are involved in an emergency situation.
House Safety & Emergency Education
The Fire Department has an "Exit Strategy Trailer", as well as, a Fire Safety House. The "Exit Strategy Trailer" is portable and allows participants to simulate opening a first floor window, in order to escape, and move outside to safety at a safe meeting place. Students are shown the proper way to climb through the window and properly "Stop, Drop, and Roll" to put out any flames or embers on their clothing or body. The Fire Safety House, an actual three-bedroom home, is used by the Fayetteville Fire Department to teach children and adults how to escape from a burning building and the hidden dangers of fires. The house is equipped with heating units attached to bedroom doors and smoke machines that can fill the house with thick, dense smoke. A control room allows for firefighters to simulate smoke conditions and heat on doors so students and residents can experience similar conditions firsthand. Using a two-way mirror, firefighters observe and critique individuals as they learn how to exit the smoke-filled building.
The Fire Safety House has been in operation since 2000. The house was originally located in a flood-prone area, but through the help of a federal flood mitigation grant, the city purchased the home and re-purposed it for fire safety education. The Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen appropriated $12,000 to purchase, move from the flood area, and rehabilitate the house to resemble a real home that is fully furnished. Firefighters and volunteers provided the labor while several local businesses and industries contributed funds and furniture to complete the house for educational use.
Photos courtesy of Fayetteville City Schools