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Fire Prevention Programs

Safety and Community Education Programs

Public Education Coordinator:
Sierra McKoy (919) 560-4242, ext. 19242
Community fire education is one of the most vital areas in the fire service. Through education and awareness, individuals learn to recognize fire hazards and correct them. The Durham Fire Department strives to share the basics of fire prevention with residents in order to prevent tragedies. We work to achieve this goal by offering fire and life safety programs and resources for children, adults, seniors, teachers, and the general public. These programs create a stronger link between the fire department and the community.All programs and community events are available upon request. A 30-day advance notice is required.
Programs include:

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.

Image of Public Education Coordinator delivering the Remembering When program.



Junior Fire Marshal
The Junior Fire Marshal Program offers local youth an opportunity to learn what it takes to have a career in the fire service.  The Durham Fire Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, 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 four-day course, participants receive training including:
•  fire extinguisher training
•  hazardous materials training
•  fire rescue demonstrations
•  fire inspection and fire investigation training
•  emergency medical services instruction and blood pressure screening demonstrations
Start Safe
•  Home Escape Maps (Exit Drills In The Home - E.D.I.T.H.)
•  Firefighters are my Friends
•  Heating Equipment (Adult tools)
Alarm for Life
The Durham Fire Department will install a smoke detector in your home free of charge. This special service has been designed to meet the special needs of senior residents and low income households, but is provided to anyone in need. 
Complimentary Home Evaluations
Fire personnel will inspect your residence or business to discuss fire safety, recommend suggestions based on the visit, and assist with planning an evacuation route in the event of a fire. Topics discussed include:
•  Cooking Safety
•  Smoke Alarm Safety
•  Home Escape Plans
•  Heating Equipment
Fire Extinguisher Training  
The Durham Fire Department offers free hands-on fire extinguisher training for businesses, homeowners, organizations, and any adult interested in learning the benefits of fire extinguishers and their use. Fuel and extinguishers must be provided.
Image of Fire Extinguisher training delivered at the Fire Administration building.



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 living areas of the fire station. Fire safety information of your choice from one of the above topics is also shared.




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