One of the most important aspects of a good fire department
is its public education program. From the Survive Alive House to
Safety Day the Cedarburg Fire Department continually educates
the public in fire safety. The better educated the public is in
fire prevention the less work there is for the volunteers.
Survive Alive House
The Survive Alive House was built in
1987 on the second floor of the Station 3. One half of the
Survive Alive House is a bedroom to teach children what to do in
the event of an emergency while in bed. There are various types
of windows the children learn to open. When in use, a child lies
on the bed and pretends to sleep. Artificial smoke fills the
room and smoke alarms are then activated to warn the child of a
possible fire. The child is then taught to find the safest way
out of the room, either a door or a window. This is usually
taught to children in 2nd and 3rd grade. The other half of the
Survive Alive House is used to teach students about kitchen
safety. A full kitchen is setup to allow for the demonstration
of safe cooking practices. Students in 5th grade typically are
taught kitchen safety.
One of the first
times a child learns about fire safety might be during Safety
Town, which is run through the Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club.
One of the days the children come to the firehouse and learn the
basics of fire safety such as Stop, Drop, and Roll. The children
also get to check out all of the fire trucks.
Safety Day is in October at the end of Fire Prevention week and
is held at Firemen’s Park. All of the Cedarburg Fire Departments
equipment is on display along with personal to answer any
questions. The public can have a chance to use a fire
extinguisher and see a demonstration of an automobile
extrication. Other groups such as Cedarburg Police Department,
Cedarburg Light & Water, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the US
Coast Guard are also on hand. If the conditions are right Flight
For Life will make an appearance.
Ride Home From School
The Cedarburg Fire
Department donates rides home from school to various groups to
raffle off. The ride home typically includes being picked up
from school by two firefighters with one of the fire trucks.
Before the crew leaves the school some questions about fire
safety and the fire truck are asked. Most of the family usually
comes along for the ride which lasts around a half an hour.
Battery Give Away
During Fire Prevention Week and the
weekend of Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries the Cedarburg
Fire Department gives away free 9V batteries to put in your
smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.
“Delivering Fire Prevention,” a program of Safe Kids of
Southeast Wisconsin Coalition and the Cedarburg Fire Department.
This program is designed to increase awareness about the
necessity of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
in every home, while reminding homeowners to change the
batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a
Families are chosen at random to have their pizza
delivered by a fire truck. If they have working smoke detectors
in their home, their pizza will be free, compliments of the
restaurant. Some families may receive a free smoke or carbon
monoxide detector, and all families will receive fire prevention
education from Safe Kids of Southeast Wisconsin.
The Cedarburg Fire Department
trains many people on the use of fire extinguishers each year. A
propane burning fire extinguisher prop can be taken to any
location if your organization would like to be trained in the
use of fire extinguishers. There is a short class room part to
educate everyone on the different types of extinguishers.
Contact us to schedule classes.
Post Office Box 327
Cedarburg, WI 53012