Public Education / Public Information
Public education and public information are two of many links between the St. Lucie County Fire District (SLCFD) and St. Lucie County residents. Our Fire & Life Safety 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 information 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
The following programs are available Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm:
Safety House 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 Safety House can only accommodate 20 students per class. The classes are approximately 45 minutes in duration.
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
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 is approximately 1 hour or 90 minutes with Dusty the Dragon. Fire station tours are offered Monday-Friday during these designated times: Morning Tour: 10:00am Afternoon Tour: 2:00pm
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.
Steps to Safety: A fire and fall prevention program for adults 65 and older. Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Steps to Safety 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.
American Heart Association (AHA) Family & Friends CPR® Family & Friends CPR class is a non-certifying/non-credential course. This 2-hr course is designed to teach the basics of CPR and using an AED so anyone can help save a life! HOAs, small business/groups, or other organizations with a minimum of 10 participants (max of 20) are offered on Fridays 09:00 - 02:30. The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA. Must have the following at your location of training for live streaming: an internet connected PC, a large tv/screen, and audio suitable for a large room.
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.
Social Media 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.
Spot the Dot (in the car) The yellow dot program is a driver-safety initiative that provides first responders with vital information about motorists who have been involved in a MVC and are unresponsive or nonverbal.
Medical Information Envelope (at home) This envelope filled with your important medical information is designed to speak for you when you can't speak for yourself in the case of an emergency. It is recommended that everyone—but especially senior citizens—keep one of these envelopes with the completed form inside on their refrigerator. The envelope, which you place on your refrigerator, contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.
ICE (on your phone) As we are usually carrying them, phones can be a valuable tool in an emergency. If you get into an accident or are unable to communicate, you want those closest to you to know what is going on and to have a way for first responders to locate vital information about you. Fortunately, most of today’s smartphones come with a feature that allows your ICE (In Case of Emergency) data, including emergency contacts and important medical information, to be accessed from your phone’s lock screen. This means your emergency information can be viewed without anyone gaining access to your phone’s secured files.
Public education and public relations requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance, but no more than 90 days. 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.
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 Safety Education Programs
Fire and Life Safety Educator
Brenda L Smith
Public Information Officer