The Next Public Fire and Life Safety Blitz will be?
How the Public Fire and Life Safety Blitz come about!
During a period of 15 months in 1991 and 1992, fire related injuries
killed 15 Polk County citizens. The knowledge that there were areas in
the state that had little or no fire safety education "spurred" the
Georgia Public Safety Educators (formerly known as the Georgia Coalition
of Public Fire Safety Educators) to begin conducting fire safety
education programs in all area schools. The blitz is designed to
assist local fire services in their education process and introduce
them to alternative teaching methods. The first blitz during April 1993
was held in Polk County.
What is a Public Fire and Life Safety Blitz?
Teams of firefighters/educators leave their everyday uniform at home to
become puppeteers, clowns, and support staff. Spending approximately
one to two hours in each school, the children and adults are educated
and entertained at the same time through alternative teaching methods
such as clown safety skits, puppet shows and audience participation.
During the blitz week, a family safety night is held in a local shopping
center so the general public can attend and learn the prevention
measures they can take to prevent tragedy in their lives.
The cost to the local fire department hosting the blitz is almost non-existant as our staff is made up of firefighters and fire safety educators who volunteer their time and equipment with the support of their departments. For the last 10 years, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation has provided hotel accommodations for these volunteers. Meals are usually provided by the hosting department and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation..
A New Trend!
Over the last several years, a growing trend has been occurring in
public education for the fire service. Fire departments are no longer
teaching fire safety education alone. Life safety education has also
become an integral part of our jobs and responsibilities. Fire
departments will always work to reduce fire injuries and deaths but are
also working to reduce preventable deaths and injuries.
What is the cost of a Blitz?
How to volunteer?
Volunteers must be a member in good standing with the Georgia Public Safety Educator's Association. We use as many local volunteers as possible. This not only keeps lodging costs down but insures that local departments have staff on hand to learn and implement programs into their communities.