Fire Safety Education Programs

Congratulations! You have taken the first step to learn about being a fire safety ambassador! A fire safety ambassador is one who practices fire safety and shares this information with friends and family.

The Durham Fire Department believes that Fighting Fire is Everyone’s Fight. By choosing to learn about one of the programs below, you make a choice to fight fire. Our programs cover fire and life safety topics and resources for children, adults, seniors, teachers, and the general public.

Inviting the Fire Department


You can invite us to your home, school, community event or places of worship to educate you in the following fire safety programs below. To invite us, complete the Community Education Online Event Request Form at least 30 days prior to your event. Thank you for your interest and for helping build a stronger link between the fire department and the community.

Email Asst. Chief/Fire Marshal Edward Reid, or call 919-560-4242, ext. 19246, with questions.
Programs Included

Remembering When

The "Remembering When" program is designed to prevent and/or reduce falls often experienced by seniors. The program also addresses fire safety concerns specific to the senior population. Presentations can be tailored for individuals or large groups.
Public Education Coordinator Delivering Remember When Program

Alarm for Life


This program ensures that all City of Durham residents have the opportunity to own working Smoke and/or Carbon Monoxide alarms in their homes.  What if you can provide your own alarms, but you need help installing them? No problem! We will install them for you too, just complete the 
Community Education Online Event Request Form and someone will contact you with scheduling information. 
NOTE: This program is not extended to landlords or apartment complexes.

Complimentary Home Evaluations


Fire personnel will visit your residence or business and discuss fire safety, recommend safety improvements based on the visit, and assist with planning an evacuation route in the event of a fire. Topics discussed include:
  • Cooking Safety
  • Heating Equipment
  • Home Escape Plans
  • Smoke Alarm Safety

Fire Extinguisher Training


This training teaches participants how to properly use an ABC class fire extinguisher. Consisting of verbal and hands on training that takes about two hours, the DFD offers this training as a complimentary service to the community. In addition to our expertise, we provide professional instructors, a burn pan, an ignition tool, and other tools to support training. You’ll need to provide fire extinguishers for the participants, both diesel and gasoline fuels and an asphalted area such as an empty parking lot for the hands-on training.

Fire Station Tours


The Durham Fire Department provides fire station tours to individuals, civic groups, and classes. Individuals may have a look at fire equipment, apparatus, and community areas of the fire station. Fire safety information of your choice from 1 of the above topics is also shared. To tour a station, please complete the Community Education Online Event Request Form
Children Touring a Fire Truck

Junior Fire Marshal


The Jr. Fire Marshal program offers Durham youth an opportunity to experience aspects of a career in the fire service while learning safety tips such as how to evacuate their home in case of fire, how to extinguish fires, and what to do in case of fire.  The Durham Fire Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the N.C. Department of Insurance - Office of the State Fire Marshal team up annually to offer youth ages 11-15 a chance to learn about fire safety and various career options in the fire service. During the 4-day course, participants receive training including:

  • Emergency medical services instruction and blood pressure
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire inspection and fire investigation training
  • Fire rescue demonstrations
  • Hazardous materials training
  • Screening demonstrations
Our Fire Department employees love working with your kids!  The 2017 Jr. Fire Marshal Academy takes place during Durham Public School's Spring Break, which is Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13, but you must register online by Monday, March 20 (Registrations will close if the class fills to capacity before that date). Hours are from 9 am until 4 pm daily and it takes place at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park.  To sign up your child up for for this year's free Jr. Fire Marshal Academy, visit Register at DPR Course #5070

Start Safe
The Start Safe program is best for children in preschool through 5th grade and covers the following safety topics:
  • Firefighters are my friends (encouraging children to come to firefighters in case of an emergency instead of hiding)
  • Identifying and staying away from things that are hot
  • Introducing Home Escape Maps and Escape Plans
  • Introducing smoke alarms
Want your child to learn one of all of the above safety topics? Invite us to your next function by completing the Community Event Request Form.