The Harrisburg Fire Department's Fire Marshall'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:
- Fire Extinguisher Use
- Fire Truck Demonstrations
- Firefighter Equipment Demonstrations
- Home Fire Prevention & Safety
- Safe Exit From a Burning Structure: Planning & Practices
Programs have been taught in daycares, nursing homes, schools, not-for-profit organizations and corporations. Special events and open houses have been held for home schooled children, the American Red Cross' Health & Safety Week and Fire Safety Month. Programs are taught by Harrisburg Fire Department staff and can be offered at the fire station or at your location. For more information, contact Jack Gonzalez, Harrisburg Fire Department public educator or 704-455-3574.
In addition to the programs above the following programs are offered, also at no cost, to community organizations; school classes, church groups, scouting groups, civic groups, businesses, etc.:
- 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 at http://www.nasar.org/education/hug-a-tree.
- 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 at www.bleedingcontrol.org.
To request these programs contact John Lomonaco, Harrisburg Fire Department Instructor or 704-455-3574.