Media Contact: Tiffani Nichols, Public Information Officer
(480) 312-1816 office (602) 229-9640 PIO pager
Scottsdale Fire Department offers a variety of programs that help families stay safe and avoid injury. These award-winning programs include in-classroom presentations and hands-on activities, which allow youth from pre-school-age to teens to learn the steps that may save their life.
To allow these programs to grow, SFD is recruiting volunteers who are interested in getting involved in these rewarding learning opportunities. The following highlights many of the current programs needing immediate assistance.
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Fire Safety: Preschool programs review “Stop! Drop! And Roll,” why firefighters are friends, how to crawl low under smoke, and the difference between tools and toys.
Fire Safety: Using the book “No Dragons for Tea” Students learn what a smoke alarm sounds like (beep, beep, beep), how to get away from a fire (get low and go), call for help (dial 911), and where to go (know your meeting place).
Road Safety: This program involves a review of transportation safety rules, practicing the look left, right, left, and reading of the book, “Watch Out! On the Road.” The comprehensive program quickly addresses issues that kids face on the road including wearing helmets, sitting correctly in vehicles and pedestrian rules.
Water Safety: The book “Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim” helps teach students what water hazards are (anything that holds an inch of water), who is at risk for drowning (all of us), and who needs to be with them whenever they are around water (an adult).
Minimusters: SFD offers a field day that focuses on hands-on fire safety. Students are divided into engine companies and rotate through stations that combine learning and fun. Rotations include a Bucket Brigade, Turnout Races, Escape plans, Fire Squirt and Truck Tour. The Escape Plan obstacle course is also taken to several events throughout the year so even more children can practice what to do if a smoke alarm goes off in their home.
Teen CERT: Teens are taught the essentials in emergency response following a major disaster. Students practice search and rescue, triage and basic first aid so they understand how to respond in emergencies. In Scottsdale, these programs often are included in campus emergency plans.
Hands-Only CPR: This new program teaches teens to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. The technique is easy, safe, and does not require mouth to mouth contact. Teens learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency including important tips for calling 911, performing chest compressions, and how to use an AED.
To learn more about these opportunities, call Lori Schmidt at 480-312-1817 or visit www.ScottsdaleFD.com and click on the volunteer link to become involved.