Fire and Life Safety Education

​Fire and Life Safety Education

Educating the public is the most effective way to prevent the devastating effects of fires and other injuries, and to introduce strategies to deal with these emergencies. 

To accomplish this goal, the Charlotte Fire Department delivers fire and life safety education for the residents, businesses and visitors of Charlotte.  

The Charlotte Fire Department partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to provide the safety tools needed to prevent tragedies. CFD offers multiple programs for Charlotte- and Mecklenburg-area schools.  


 

Click here to request a fire education program, fire truck at your event, or a visit from CFD Mascot Blaze. Please allow 30 days' notice for all requests

Click here to request smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms.

  
Extinguisher training and Senior Citizen Programs are served by the Fire Prevention Bureau.  704-336-2101

Most community events are best served with a fire truck visit from one of our stations. If you have a classroom-based event, consider inviting an educator to your program. The following programs are conducted by NC Fire & Life Safety Educators and offered to classes.​ 

 Educator Programs

 

 

Pre-K and Early Elementary Reading Program<div class="ExternalClassDA2D285D5FD845F6859B7A079E9EAD25"><p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">This program consists of reading fire safety books to children, playing fire safety games/music and displaying fire gear. Activities vary depending on group size and time constraints. Approx. 45-60 minutes.</span></p></div>
Third-Grade Fire and Life Safety Program<div class="ExternalClass55F6E8E68BF3401BA0E7B3000DFAA882"><p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">This program is a standardized lesson plan presented to third-grade classrooms. Students are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves and their families from a fire or burn injury. Approx.  30-45 minutes.</span></p></div>
Middle School Burn & Arson Prevention Program<div class="ExternalClass3D74702FA8854D55837388F27E15B524"><p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">This program is a standardized lesson plan presented to middle-school classrooms. Students are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves and their families from a fire or burn injury, as well as educated on arson prevention. Approx. 30-45 minutes.</span></p></div>
Youth Burn and Fire Safety Class<div class="ExternalClass13C2E430FEF849E98447FC2DBFF0A48F"><p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">This program is a standardized, age-appropriate lesson plan presented to children 16 and under who have shown curiosity toward fire or who have started fires. Students and their families are provided with the knowledge and materials to protect themselves from future fire incidents. The program is a collaborative effort with area juvenile services and law enforcement organizations. Approx. 90 minutes.</span></p></div>

 Fire Safety Events

 

 

Fire and Life Safety Bowl<div class="ExternalClass129194FDE1124C9B9D5C7FF0DC83A582"><div><p><img src="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FireandLifeSafetyEducation/PublishingImages/firebowl_01WEB.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />The Charlotte Fire Department, Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office, Mecklenburg County Firemen's Association and many others have proudly conducted the Fire & Life Safety Bowl since 1979. The Bowl consist of public and private Charlotte/Mecklenburg schools that have formed teams (4th and 5th grades) using injury-prevention study materials to compete against each other in a game-show format. The objective is to score as many points as possible by answering questions based on the study materials provided. Thanks to sponsor support, students win prizes and awards.  Registration opens in November of each year. To request registration and obtain complete rules contact Fire Education.</p></div></div>
National Fire Prevention Week<div class="ExternalClassBB05A72D746048B6841DB7A6E0150C2E"><p><img src="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FireandLifeSafetyEducation/PublishingImages/BBoard2WEB.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /></p><p>CFD highlights fire safety all year, but even more so during National Fire Prevention Week every October. CFD programs vary each year; however, the Annual Fire Prevention Week Bulletin Board Contest for third-graders is the signature event for this week. CFD joins with community partners to bring this program to our children. The winners receive cash and in-kind products for their schools. Registration to compete opens each August. To request registration and obtain complete rules contact Fire Education.<br></p></div>

 Partners

 

 

Community Resources<div class="ExternalClass4FAE8BACF4274F38AA24D8152919D4F4"><h2><strong style="color:darkred;">CFD Fire & Life Safety Education works with many partners to create a safer Charlotte. Dedicated to reducing injuries and deaths, these non-profit organizations work closely with CFD Fire & Life Safety Education.</strong><br> </h2><p><strong>Charlotte Firefighters Burned Children Fund:</strong>  FFBCF supports burn patients, survivors, and their families as well as provides support for fire prevention programs. <a href="http://www.ffbcf.org/" target="_blank">www.ffbcf.org</a></p><p><strong>Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition:</strong>  Safe Kids provides childhood injury prevention resources to the Charlotte Mecklenburg community.  704-355-9236 or <a href="http://www.safekidscharmeck.org/" target="_blank">www.safekidscharmeck.org</a></p><p><strong>Do The Right Thing, Inc.</strong> is a non-profit corporation dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and rewarding youth who, in the face of overwhelming odds, exhibit character and integrity. <a href="http://www.dotherightthing-char.org/" target="_blank">www.dotherightthing-char.org</a></p></div>