Fire and Life Safety Education
The District educates or interacts with an average of 25,000 participants each year through 34 Public Education Programs. During 2015, the District participated in numerous community events, including children’s educational events, seasonal festivals, and parades. These events attracted thousands of people and provided the District with a unique opportunity for positive community outreach.
Fire Prevention Month
In support of National Fire Prevention Month, fire safety and prevention practices were promoted through public education programs. Throughout October and November, fire safety presentations were made to each classroom in Bonita Springs, from kindergarten through fifth grade along with classrooms in 14 pre-schools. On average, 5,000 children are seen during this season.
Due to the generosity of the community, students are provided literature booklets after each presentation. Each piece of literature re-enforces the fire and life safety curriculum and allows parents to see what their student learned at the presentation and follow-up the education at home.
Victim Assistance Program
Fifteen years ago, the District realized a need that wasn’t fully met on emergency scenes – emotional first aid. This program delivers additional support to victims beyond the emergency response, such as coordinating with the American Red Cross and other agencies for assistance with lodging, clothing, food, and emotional first aid.
Child Car Seat Inspection and Installation
Under the instruction of the Lee County Safe Kids Coalition, the Bonita Springs Fire District became certified in 2008 to safely install child restraint seats. The Fire District can also provide car seats to families in need for a small donation. On average, 125 families receive car seat installation assistance each year.
Community Emergency Response Team
The Bonita Springs Fire District began offering the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class program in 2007. In 2015, there were over 215 members on the team. CERT participants are instructed in Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Extinguisher Training, Basic Medical Operations, CPR, and other life safety lessons. The Basic Training course consists of a total of 16 hours of instruction.
The Department’s Public Information Program continued to enjoy an exceptional relationship with the media. The media served as an valuable vehicle for bolstering the community’s knowledge of the District’s events, safety presentations and classes, and informing residents of hazards in their neighborhood such as wildfires.
Educational Programs for the Community
The District continued its educational programs for the community by offering fire and life safety presentations such as:
· Safe babysitting
· Fire extinguisher
· Water/pool safety
· Fire station tours
· Fire safety puppet shows
· General home and office fire safety
· Fire safety lessons for children
· Juvenile firesetter intervention
· Severe weather education
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