Expanding Education Services
Public Fire Education is an important part of the Fire Prevention Bureau. On average, the Jackson Fire Department responds to over 4,500 emergency calls per year, with more than 10 emergency medical calls for every fire called in. In order to respond to the needs of the public, we must look at expanding our education services to include hot water and steam burns, pool safety, biking safety, and child restraint devices for automobiles. We are taking a closer look at the situations precipitating the requests for emergency medical services.
The Fire Department promotes fire prevention in several different ways including their Central Station Open House held during Fire Prevention Week. Among featured attractions were a booth sponsored and manned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a smoke detector display, a fire safety house, and a kitchen fire demonstration.
Art Moehn Chevrolet provided hot dogs, challenged the firefighters to a water ball fight, and provided financial support. Other companies provided donuts, cider, juice, and iced tea to make this project a success.
Fire safety education programs are conducted at many local pre-schools and day care facilities with the Fire Safety House focused on 2nd and 3rd grade elementary students. The bureau maintains community contacts through local events such as the County Fair, the Home Builders Show, Fire Prevention Week activities at local schools, Scouting programs, radio, and newspaper public service announcements, and distribution of thousands of brochures on a variety of safety topics.
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