FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM
Seconds count during an emergency. Everyone needs to use 9-1-1 properly to
get quick help during a fire, medical emergency or a
crime. This is especially true for children. They can, and must be taught how
to correctly use the
9-1-1 system to save a life. Follow these
guidelines to teach
children the proper way to use 9-1-1 to report emergencies:
Fire prevention week is held nation wide during the second week of
October. We start off with a Stop,
Drop and Roll. "Don't Play with Matches" and "Stay Low
and Go" program for the preschool and kindergartens. A little more
in-depth program is presented to the first graders.
Every year during the Heritage Day celebration, the Fire department
holds a annual spaghetti dinner. It has grown every year. Along with the
dinner the public has an opportunity to see our equipment along with
equipment from other agencies. In the past we had special guests..
The South Milwaukee Fire Department is one of only a few training sites
for CPR in this area. Our department has five American Heart Association
certified instructors. Several classes are offered to the public every
year as well as certification for the South Milwaukee Police Department,
South Milwaukee Recreation Department, Health Department, Boys Scouts,
Nursing homes, and other health care workers just to name a few.
Grade Fire Safety Course
At the beginning of each calendar year, department members of the Public
Education Committee schedule all 5th grade classes for a 5-6 week course
in fire history, 911 and false alarms, home fire escape plans, chemistry
of fire, home hazards, fire extinguishers and more. A South Milwaukee
Fire Department certificate of fire safety is issued for each student
completing the course.
Grade Volunteen Program
Working with the South Milwaukee Middle Schools career program, the fire
department has the only program in the state that puts students through
an actual hands-on firefighters training course. We take 16 students a
year (8 per semester), and have them do hands-on fire extinguisher training,
use hose lines, rescue drills, physical agility test, public education
display, and basic knowledge of EMS, house duties, and equipment maintenance.
This helps the student understand and realize how demanding the fire service
Throughout the year businesses call to schedule training classes for their
employees, businesses such as Cooper Power Systems, Appleton Electric,
Bucyrus International, and Kindcare are some of the places we provide
this service to.
Department Station Tours
Fire Department tours help educate people of all ages on the
inner workings of the Fire Department. On an average over 1,000 citizens
tour our department every year, many not knowing how involved and busy
the fire department really is.
and Commerce Fair
The business fair is a two-day event usually held in the spring at the
South Milwaukee High School. During the fair the fire department showcases
some of our equipment, show videos, hand out informational materials,
answer questions, and puts on a demonstration to show our skills.
With the help of McDonalds, the South Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments,
a safety display is put on for the kids and adults alike. Our department
is on hand to show off our equipment, answer questions, and remind our
citizens about fire hazards around the home. McDonalds also puts on the
Ronald McDonald Safety Show for the kids.
In October, all 5th grade students take a trip to the fire department. Here
they practice the techniques and safety procedures taught to them during
the 5th Grade Safety Course. All South Shore Fire Departments use the
mobile house. It is maintained and stored at the St. Francis Fire Department.
This house has two bedrooms (upper and a lower) and a hallway that the
students practice how to get out alive in case of a fire. To operate this
house requires a minimum of five firefighters. One for each bedroom, for
instructions, one in the control room, which controls the smoke machine,
smoke alarms, and exhaust vents, and one firefighter at each window which
is the students secondary exit should the first exit be blocked.
The flame house is a 6'x6'x4' plywood house. This is a chance for the
kids to put out a house fire. There is a simulated flame hinged to the
top of the house and, with the supervision of a firefighter, the child
uses a fire hose to put the fire out.
The Fire Department is open for the public to have their blood pressure
taken. The public is welcome to stop by any day of the week between 8:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for this free service. The Fire Department keeps track
of all blood pressures of citizens who wish to have a record. EMT's and
Paramedics are always on hand to answer any questions the public may have
about their health.
Fire Safety Course
The South Milwaukee Fire Department provides training and awareness classes
for all of our nursing home residents. This includes a Jonathan Winters
Fire Safety video, which most of our senior citizen enjoy and can relate
to. We are also there to try and answer their questions about senior safety.
Our program currently utilizes an educational curriculum established and
introduced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United
States Fire Administration (USFA) that is structured to involve both family
oriented fire safety education and juvenile fire-setting behavioral assessment.
This behavioral assessment is used to determine the motivation behind
the fire-play or fire-setting behavior through the understanding of particular
facts and pieces of information. Our main goal is to educate the entire
family, especially the children, on fire safety. If a determination is
made that further counseling is required, we can and will direct them
to an organization or agency that can help.
Out and Stay Alive
This program is for high school seniors who are getting ready for college
dorm life. It refreshes the students memory on fire safety and shows how
to get out alive if a fire would occur while in the college dorms.
The South Milwaukee Fire Department acknowledges "National Emergency
Medical Services Week" with a poster contest, "What 911 means
to me", for all third graders. All posters are displayed in various
parts of the city. The winners of the contest win a dinner at the firehouse
with their families.