In the schools
The Marietta Fire Department offers students in and around city of Marietta schools six fire safety lessons. The elementary school program provides progressive lessons that build on the previous year's information. Each class allows the students to engage in the program for better learning and understanding of fire safety.
This program uses the "friendly firefighter" approach to teach the students that firefighter's number one job is to help people. Students are taught not to handle lighters, matches, or fireworks and the dangers that each poses. They are also shown smoke alarms and taught the importance of and the actions to take if a smoke alarm goes off. The students are taught 9-1-1 as the emergency phone number for all emergencies and then shown how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
The first grade program builds on the kindergarten prgram. Marietta still uses the "friendly firefighter" approach because some of the children may have been absent or have transferred from another school. The program expands and covers the information in more detail. Home fire escape plans are covered with emphasis placed on the students knowing their address and family meeting place.
The second grade program is comprised of two parts: the first being a school visit by firefighters and the second being a field trip to the Cobb County safety village. During the school visit, firefighters review fire safety information with the children by reading through a fire safety coloring book. At the Cobb County safety village, the children become part of the learning. This is nearly a 100 percent student-involved learning experience. Here the students learn about safety in many aspects of life including fire, stranger, bicycle, pedestrian, pool/water, locomotive and firearms.
Students learn to conduct home hazard inspections while touring the fire safety house. Students move from room to room and identify items in the house that could injure them or cause a fire.
The fourth grade program consists of three parts. The first is a visit where firefighters come to the classroom and give the students a pretest related to fire safety. The students are given a fire safety workbook, and the first two sections are completed in class with the firefighter. The remaining portions of the workbook are completed in class as well as for homework. The students are required to complete a fire inspection checklist for their home and draw a fire escape plan. Next, the students visit the Cobb safety village. This is similar to the second grade except the information is in greater detail. After the field trip, the students receive a post-vist where they will take a post-test to make sure they understand what they learned.
The fifth grade program places strong emphasis on fire prevention and how students can contribute to keeping their homes safe from fire. The chemistry of fire is discussed along with the consequences of starting fires and calling 9-1-1 as a prank.
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In an attempt to meet the needs of businesses set forth by insurance companies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Marietta Fire Department offers several fire prevention and safety programs.
Fire extinguisher training is accomplished with a short lecture, video demonstration and live fire training simulator. If a business chooses this type of training they have the option to provide enough carbon dioxide fire extinguishers for the employees participating or they can elect to use pressurized water-training fire extinguishers provided by the Marietta Fire Department. The lecture and the video discuss the different classifications of fires and fire extinguishers so that participants select the proper fire extinguisher. The participants also learn the appropriate method for using the fire extinguisher and techniques for extinguishing a fire. After the classroom portion, each employee has the opportunity to use the fire extinguisher and extinguish a controlled fire. The hands-on training is not required; the lesson and video can be used alone.
Evacuation drills and escape plans can be observed and critiqued by firefighters at the location of the business. A fire safety program can be given to the employees before or after the drills to emphasize the importance of participating in the drills. Escape plans for each business will be different and should be suited to the needs of that business. The Marietta Fire Department will review plans with the business and make suggestions as necessary. A fire drill evaluation form can be downloaded to ensure compliance with the International Fire Code Section 405.
The Marietta Fire Department offers fire safety education to suit other needs businesses may have. For more information, call the Marietta Fire Prevention Bureau at 770-794-5466.
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