Fire programs set ablaze to educate our community
The Auburn Fire Department serves our city beyond the call of duty. Not only do they respond quickly and effectively to fires and other emergencies, they expend a lot of effort in educating the public in fire safety practices.
Their programs are not only educational, but entertaining and engaging as well—and they help parents and kids alike adopt safe habits and equip them in the event of an emergency. Some of my favorites include:
- Survive Alive House: Groups are taken through a simulated fire condition and taught how to safely exit the home.
- Firefighters are Our Friends: This program provides children with the opportunity to meet firefighters in a their everyday uniforms and talk with them about how each piece protects them.
- Matches—Tools or Toys: Children are taught the devastating effects of playing with matches.
And, of course, what youngster doesn’t like to tour the firehouse? Station tours offer a glimpse of what it is like to be a firefighter and show off their living quarters, training rooms, apparatus bays and fire trucks.
If you want to register for any of these programs or learn about the other, visit the Fire Department page on our website.
One final thought: The efforts of the Auburn Fire Department benefit our city in another way: they drive down insurance costs. The training and education they provide – for their fire personnel as well as the city – all are taken into consideration during the fire department’s annual ISO rating review. The ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities. ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents exemplary public protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria. Communities with lower ratings secure lower fire insurance premiums. We are proud of our Class 4 ranking and are hoping to lower it even more in the coming year.