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School Programs

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The Goodyear Fire Department is passionate about community safety.

The Goodyear Fire Department is always ready to help those in need. In addition to emergency response the fire department also supports community education. The Community Risk Reduction - Education Division is the education arm of the Goodyear Fire Department.

The Education team believes most injuries are preventable. This belief drives our efforts to make the community a safer place so that children and their families do not suffer harm unnecessarily. We aim to make the community safer by raising awareness and promoting safety in all aspects of a person’s life.

Our school education programs are one way we strive to make the community a safer place for children.  Simply put, our education programs teach fire and life safety messages to children. Listed below are the details of these various school programs as well as additional information. We hope you join us in supporting our program and improving the safety of our children.

Fire Pal Program 

The Fire Pal Program has been in existence since 1994 and uses school presentations to teach about fire and life safety. The Fire Pal Program currently teaches children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The topics we cover include transportation safety (i.e. helmets, walking, seat belts), fire safety (i.e. smoke alarms, 9-1-1, home escape plans), and water safety (i.e. swimming, life jackets,adult supervision). We are able to offer other programs on request. For example, we have provided gun safety and bullying lessons in the past.

While these safety messages can begin with us, it is a community effort.  Unfortunately, children often have limitations in promoting their own safety. They need adults close to them to assist with and encourage safety practices. To this end, the Fire Pal Program connects our staff with students, teachers, and parents by teaching them the importance of educating the next generation with life safety skills. Contact the Community Risk Reduction - Education Coordinator at 623-882-7308 or by email for more information.

Preschool Program

The Community Education team also goes to preschools to teach important fire and life safety messages.  We tailor these messages for a smaller group to introduce young children to fire and life safety. While the Fire Pals are always happy to visit, a program that offers reinforcement for preschoolers is always a good idea. Luckily, there are numerous programs that offer excellent tools to help teach young children all about fire and life safety. Some of these tools include:

Learn Not to Burn: This excellent program can be downloaded for free from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website. This program was created in "1991 to address the high risks children under the age of five face in regards to fatal home fires. The updated program integrates literacy, movement, music, and dramatic play to provide a developmentally appropriate learning experience for preschool-aged children."

Sparky Games and Activities: This site is also a resource from the NFPA.  This site offers interactive web games for children and downloadable activities that can be completed in class. Children can learn about fire and life safety messages in an effective and fun way with this website.