This program specifically targets the concerns of seniors by teaching fire safety, injury prevention and emergency preparedness. Firefighter educators meet regularly with residents of retirement and senior care facilities. This demographic group tends to be very independent and are often reluctant to call 9-1-1. Consequently, we work hard to reassure our citizens that we are glad to respond whenever they need us. We also train the staff of senior care facilities. Each year we review facility emergency procedures and train the employees to use fire extinguishers.
Fire engines are common sights at Boulder community festivals and city-sponsored events. The firefighters use these opportunities to teach fire safety as well as raise awareness of their work. Our goal is to teach the public how they can take charge of their own safety.
Members of the Fire Safety Education Team train employees of local businesses proper use of fire extinguishers and emergency evacuation procedures. This training has been provided to three times as many companies in 2001 as in 1999. Boulder workplaces are safer due to this program expansion.
Station tours emphasize the same "Firefighters Are Our Friends" theme by explaining the work and environment that is home to firefighters and their equipment. This relationship building is an important aspect of neighborhood livability. Our belief is that a strong friendship with “my fire station” and “my firefighters” makes a child less likely to play with fire. Educational tours are available for children 5 years old and older.
Neighborhood Post-Fire Meetings
Neighborhood Post-Fire Meetings are offered to a small segment of a neighborhood that has experienced a recent fire. These are held soon after a fire to take advantage of the neighbors' interest in what happened and how it can be avoided in the future. Typically, one of the neighbors hosts the meeting and invites others who are interested in attending. The firefighters or fire safety division personnel meet with neighbors to discuss fire safety in general.
Homeowner and neighborhood association meetings are also perfect opportunities for citizens and firefighters to discuss safety issues and concerns. We attend many picnics and neighborhood meetings during the year.
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