Public Education/Public Relation Requests
Public education and public relations are two of many links between the St. Lucie County Fire District (SLCFD) and St. Lucie County residents. Our Life Safety Public Educator and Public Information Officer (PIO) are the liaisons for coordinating community outreach programs.
The St. Lucie County Fire District offers public education and public relation demos free of charge. The primary goal of these programs is directed at increasing knowledge of fire and injury prevention with the intent to decrease injury and death. The programs are developed based on current emergency response trends.
Injury/fire prevention and education will be delivered within the school classroom and in other public arenas. SLCFD collaborates with several community agencies to accomplish the mutual goal of a safer community.
Public Safety Education Programs
Our Fire Safety House is available to visit schools throughout St. Lucie County. The safety house is a mobile classroom setting designed to teach children and adults how to safely escape in the event of a fire. Participants will learn how to properly maintain smoke alarms and the importance of making a fire escape plan. The classes are approximately 45 minutes in duration.
Fire Station Tours
Citizens can receive a personalized tour of one of our seventeen (17) fire stations. You’ll be able to see the fire equipment up close and learn about the different types of tools stored on the fire engine. You’ll also get an inside view of the station and see where the firefighters live and work. Fire station tours may be scheduled for groups of five (5) or more. The tour last approximately 1 hour in duration. Fire station tours are offered during these designated times:
Morning Tour: 10:00am Monday-Friday Afternoon Tour: 2:00pm Monday-Friday
Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program
The Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program is an educational intervention outreach in which a partnership of participation is established between the family, the child and the fire district. This program serves as an educational tool, teaching the child to respect the dangers of fire. This is an attempt to turn an incident into a positive learning experience. Any child under the age of 18 is eligible for the program through a referral from the fire district, sheriff’s office or police department. Additional referrals are made by schools, parents and caseworkers. For those children who are charged with a crime, referral into the program happens by court order.
Remembering When: A fire and fall prevention program for older adults.
Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Remembering When is centered around 16 key safety messages. The program is designed to prevent injuries among older adults and help them live safely at home for as long as possible.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Fire extinguisher training is provided for businesses and organizations in St. Lucie County. We use a Bullsey~Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System. LED-driven digital flames and a laser training extinguisher provide a dynamic and realistic simulation for trainees while eliminating the hazards associated with conventional fire extinguisher training. Certification is provided upon completion of the program. The cost of the training is 10.00 per person.
Dusty Dragon, the Spectacular Smoke Smeller
Dusty delivers an educational and interactive fire safety message. Through music and movement Dusty highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms, staying low under smoke, crawling to an exit, having an outside meeting place and calling 911.
Public Relations / Community Events
Fire Engine/Ambulance Demo (Touch a Truck)
Children and adults can take a tour around a fire engine and/or ambulance. Firefighters will explain the equipment and tools carried on the trucks. Citizens will also learn how the equipment might be used in various types of emergencies. Please keep in mind that the trucks and personnel are in service and could be late to your event or have to respond to an emergency incident. When planning the logistics of your event, please plan for the fire engine/ambulance and personnel to have easy and safe access in and out of the venue.
Fire Station Open Houses
The St. Lucie County Fire District hosts open houses throughout the months of October-May at various fire stations. The events are held on Fridays between 5:30-7:30 and the purpose is to engage the community and welcome citizens to learn about fire safety. A calendar of the open houses is posted on our website and shared through our social media sites. The fire district collaborates with the sheriff’s office, police departments, SafeKids, local hospitals, health department, and other agencies to provide valuable resources, such as: drowning prevention, bicycle safety, child ID safety kits, baby safe sleep, car seat safety and more. Hands-on activities and takeaway resources are provided at each open house.
The St. Lucie County Fire District is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Today, there is no quicker way to get important information to the public than through the social media platforms. The fire district uses social media to inform the public, promote available resources and share critical information.
Public education and public relations requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance. The form can be accessed below and must be filled out completely. We will make every effort to fulfill your request, but cannot guarantee your request will be granted. We are unable to accept requests for birthday parties and/or grand openings.
As our emergency call volumes continue to rise, we may not be able to attend your event. We may have to leave unexpectedly due to an emergency incident. If that occurs, we hope you understand and thank you for your continued support.
For additional information contact:
Public Life Safety Education Programs
Fire and Life Safety Educator
Public Relations/ Community Events
Public Information Officer