South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA) firefighters will bring the fire engine, fire truck or ambulance to your school or community event. They show students why they have certain equipment on each vehicle and relate those discussions to fire safety and injury prevention.
Misuse of Fire by Children
Curiosity about fire is a natural part of growing up, but some children experiment with fire without adequate supervision or misuse it. SMFRA personnel are trained to help families determine the risk of future firesetting and consider the consequences of misusing fire.
Badge Requirements for Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
SMFRA firefighters work with small groups of scouts and parents at a station to assist in completion of badge requirements.
Fire Safety Matters 3.0 (Third Grade)
This interactive class teaches third graders about the events leading to and occurring after a fire ignites in a house. It is compatible with the state’s attention to sequencing for this age
group and builds on the map concepts students learn in second grade. We use group work and discussion to learn how to prevent fires as well as how to survive a fire if one does occur. We also have a homework assignment that checks their retention so we know better whether our efforts are having an impact.
Fire Safety Matters 4.0 (Fourth Grade)
Youth misuse of fire, which was once known as juvenile firesetting, is an epidemic in our state. South Metro Fire Rescue’s juvenile firesetter intervention specialists evaluate approximately 30 kids annually after those children start fires that injure people, burn property and lead to 911 calls. Fortunately none of those kids have killed anyone or themselves…yet. Other jurisdictions have not been as fortunate. Nationwide, youth between the ages of 11 and 14 are at the greatest risk for setting fires and boys are at a greater risk than girls, but all fourth graders should be taught about the risk. In fact, fourth grade is the ideal time for this message because in Colorado a person becomes culpable or legally responsible for a fire and its effects at age 10. These students are aware of the benefits of fire in our society, but they have a skewed sense of reality regarding fire’s impacts including its potential to injure and kill. This class, which is compatible with state academic standards, teaches these students the rules of fire.
Brain Matters (Fifth Grade)
Brain Matters is an interactive class that teaches fifth-grade students how to prevent brain injuries from the perspective of managing risk and explaining on a basic level how the different parts of our brains interact with and without injuries. These students are on the brink of a massive neurological and social growth spurt that usually includes exposures to significant risk. We hope to curb the spike in emergencies among teenagers by giving this age group better decision-making tools. This program follows the Colorado Department of Education’s Life Science Standard for Fifth Grade.