Bossier Parish Fire District 1 offers a comprehensive and diverse fire and life safety educational program to the children of the district through or pre-schools, schools and related programs conducted by other agencies including libraries, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The district's programs starts with a comprehensive multi-visit program delivered to every Pre-school and Headstart within our fire district. The program, which has been developed by the National Fire Protection Association, teaches the children about the dangers of Lighters and Matches and what to do with lighters and matches if found, Stop, Drop & Roll, Crawling Low in Smoke, Cooling A Burn, and what a Firefighter looks like in his protective equipment. The district teaches the first and last lesson, and provides a comprehensive lesson plan to the facility staff to teach the middle three lessons.
The district's Kindergarten lessons stress the identification of matches and lighters as tools for grownups, not toys for children, Stop, Drop & Roll/Cooling A Burn and again, Firefighters are Helpers. The district teaches 2 20-minute lessons and 2 30-minute lessons during the course of the year both in the child's classroom and during the physical education block.
First-grade lessons concentrate on home fire escape, as the data shows that children are the most likely to die in residential fires. The program, which is composed of 4 30-minute blocks during the school year discusses the importance of home smoke detectors and the need for a rapid response to the alarm, feeling the door before opening, understanding that the window is an escape route and identifying when to use it, crawling low in smoke and understanding that there may be multiple exit doors in the home. The program includes both a hands-on practical component and an evaluation component. The program also discusses the need to talk to the rest of the family about a Meeting Place.
The Second-grade program, which again is delivered in 4 30-minute blocks during the school year, goes deeper into the importance of residential smoke detectors and where they should be placed in the home as well as how often they should be tested, Christmas Fire Safety, and again discusses the concepts associated with home fire escape, including again, both a practical hands-on component and an evaluation component.
In Third-grade, the students learn how to escape a fire from a commercial building such as a store, restaurant or mall, with special emphasis on escaping from a hotel or motel fire. Concepts taught at this level include recognizing the presence and use of fire safety devices found in commercial structures such as sprinklers, fire alarms, pull stations and exit signs, the importance of understanding the window may not be an exit, how to react to a fire alarm and calling the front desk for emergency assistance. They are also taught what to do if unable to escape the room due to a fire in the hallway. As in all other programs, the 4 30-minute blocks contain both a practical and evaluation component.
In fourth-grade, the district recognizes that the children may be spending more time alone in the home, and need to have a deeper understanding of basic prevention and response concepts. The fourth-grade lesson plan includes basic fire science, understanding the causes and prevention of a kitchen stove top pan and oven fire and discussing the safest way to put out those fires as well as basic electrical and candle fire safety.
Finally, in fifth-grade, the district teaches basic first aid as it's quite likely that many of these students will be babysitting or watching younger children on a routine basis. Topics covered include relying needed information to 911, identifying and treating shock, and the treatment of burns and bleeding. They are also taught how to immobilize somebody's head in the event of a possible traumatic injury such as fall from a trampoline, tree or 4-wheeler, identification of possible heat emergencies and basic shore-based water rescue techniques.
Both the fourth and fifth-grade lessons are delivered in 3 30-minute programs.
We started our program in 2004 with one block per year, and since then, has greatly expanded. In fact, it's quite common that we will provide an additional lesson or two when requested by the schools or individual teachers.
In addition, we provide fire and life safety education to homeschooling groups, and through organizations such as the Bossier Parish Library, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and church youth groups during the year.
If you have any questions about these programs, please feel free to call Fire Prevention Officer Bob Callahan at 949-9440 Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply stop by the our central Station at 4494 Highway 80 during normal business hours.