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Community Programs

The Harrisburg Fire Department's Fire Marshal's Office offers community education programs to the community at no cost. Programs can be presented in English or Spanish and include interactive exercises and demonstrations using actual fire department vehicles, clothing and gear and the Harrisburg Fire Department's smokehouse simulator. 

Topics include:

  • CPR
  • Fire Extinguisher Use
  • Fire Truck Demonstrations
  • Firefighter Equipment Demonstrations
  • Home Fire Prevention and Safety
  • Safe Exit From a Burning Structure: Planning and Practices

Programs have been taught in:

  • Corporations
  • Day cares
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools

Every year, Harrisburg Fire Department hosts a myriad of special events and educational programs including our open houses, fire education for home-schooled children, the American Red Cross' Health and Safety Week, as well as Fire Safety Month. Programs are taught by Harrisburg Fire Department staff and can be offered at the fire station or at your location.

Register for upcoming classes, or for additional information, email Fire Prevention or call 704-455-3574-prompt 5.

Additional Programs

In addition to the programs above the following programs are offered, also at no cost, to 

  • Businesses
  • Church groups
  • Civic groups
  • Community organizations
  • School classes
  • Scouting groups
  • And more

Hug-A-Tree Wilderness Safety

A national NASAR program teaching children ages 8 to 11 years old basic lost person survival techniques. More information can be found online.

Stop the Bleed

A national DHS program teaching youths at least 13 years old and adults techniques to detect and stop life threatening bleeding. More information can be found online.

To request these programs email Fire Prevention, Harrisburg Fire Department Instructor, or call 704-455-3574-prompt 5.

Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Public Education

The Harrisburg Fire Department now offers a training that complements our Stop the Bleed offering. It is basically the CRASE training offered by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department aimed at people who gather in Social Gathering venues; churches, schools, entertainment centers, etc., and businesses. The general population and safety leaders at these venues can benefit from the presented information. Sessions are offered free of charge, with a duration of about an hour and 45 minutes, but it can be tailored for audience demographics and/or depth of interest.

The training topics include:    

  • A History of and lessons learned from active attacker events
  • AVOID | DENY | DEFEND™ strategy for use during an active attacker event
  • Calling 911 when you are in a safe area
  • How to interface with Law Enforcement when they arrive

CRASE teaches you how to try to avoid being wounded. Stop the Bleed teaches how to help those who have been wounded.

Contact the Harrisburg Fire Department public education division on the internet at  [email protected] or by phone at 704-455-3574.