Community Risk Reduction Programs

Help us!  Help you!    Durham Fire Department will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to prevent fires and emergencies before they happen, and live safely at home and work.  Educate yourself and others about fire safety, injury prevention, work place safety and disaster preparedness. 

The Durham Fire Department believes that Fighting Fire is Everyone’s Fight. We will deliver accurate and consistent safety messages to our community.  Partner with us on this important initiative. 

Request a Visit

The City of Durham Fire Department does share with the community a great sense of pride in their trucks and equipment.    When not using the apparatus to respond to an emergency scene, they are using them as tools to assist with public fire safety and fire prevention education. 

Schools, churches and other community organizations, including neighborhoods and homeowners associations holding block parties, may request a fire truck by completing the Community Education Online Event Request Form or calling 919-560-4242 extension 19242 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance.

Firefighters will discuss safety information geared towards the age level of the group. They will teach both children and adults the importance of wearing seat belts, of having a fire escape plan, and when to call 9-1-1. Truck demonstrations include explanations of our equipment and tools carried on the truck and how the firefighters use them when responding to emergencies. 
If time allows, the truck is scheduled to stay at any event for approximately one hour.

Please be aware that all fire trucks remain in service during their appearance and may have to leave in order to respond to an emergency. In addition, the truck and crew may be late in arriving if they have an emergency call prior to their scheduled arrival time.

The City of Durham Fire Department regrets that due to extreme demand fire trucks are not available for birthday parties. 

Home Escape Plans

Anytime is a great time to create and practice your home escape plan. This plan should include a map of your home showing all the doors and windows.  You need to know at least two ways out of your house in case your normal escape route is blocked.  You need to have an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the house where everyone will meet so you can make sure everyone got out of the house safely. Finally...practice, practice and then practice again!   You need to practice your evacuation at least twice a year.  Please call your Fire Education Captain for assistance in creating a Home Escape Plan at 919-560-4242 extension 19242.  Here are some more tips on Home Escape Plans: 
Home Escape Plans

Community Risk Reduction Programs

Remembering When

Remembering When™ is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention -developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others. Durham Fire Department has partnered with Duke Trauma Injury Prevention Specialist to provide the training.  We provide training through group presentations and during home visits which include smoke alarm installation and fall intervention training.
Fire Education Captain providing fire and fall prevention training to seniors

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
Firefighters installing a smoke alarm during a home safety visit

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.

Photo of program attendees receiving fire extinguisher training

Fire Station Tours

All 19 City of Durham fire stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Guests are welcome at our stations by appointment on most days. To tour a station, please complete the Community Education Online Event Request Form. Upon receipt of your request, the Fire Education Captain or Station Captain will contact you by phone and/or e-mail to confirm your request.  For any questions call - 919-560-4242 extension 19242.
Activities are planned based on the age and skill level of the audience. We look forward to your visit!

Group visiting Durham Fire Station 2

Car Seats

Want to learn how to install your child’s passenger safety for free?  Our trained technicians will teach you everything you need to know to make sure your car seat is fitted and installed correctly.  
Car Seats checked by appointment only, Thursday’s from 1:00 – 5:00 at Fire Station 18 located at 1409 Seaton Road Durham, NC 27713.  For any questions call – 919-560-4242 extension 19242

Click here to Schedule an appointment

Learn more about child passenger seat safety: 

Junior Fire Marshal

The Jr. Fire Marshal Academy 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 13-16 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
Group photo of campers and firefighters from Junior Fire Marshal camp