CUTS TO THE FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION AND THEIR EFFECTS

 The AFRS Fire Prevention Division has lost two Public Educator positions due to people moving on to other jobs or other divisions and those vacancies not being filled. The following tasks are areas of involvement (or were) heavily placed on the Public Educator’s position and have either been suspended, dropped, or tasked to remaining FPO members when time permits - time they do not have with very reduced staffing levels, increased workload, mandated inspection requirements, problem properties and code enforcement. Not to mention non-existent personal and professional development, safety training, reviewing and adoption of new building and fire codes, etc.

FIRE SAFETY PRESENTATIONS (Community and Schools)

  • Mother and Baby Support Groups “Best for Babies” (burn and poison prevention)

  • Preschool Fire Safety (ages 3-5)

    • “Learn Not to Burn” and “Getting to Know Fire” curriculum support

    • Preschool Kits (loan out program)

  • Elementary Fire Safety (Ages 5-9)

    • Fire Life Safety House (escape from home fires education prop)

    • “Learn Not to Burn”

    • “Getting to Know Fire”

    • “Hazard House”

    • 911 Simulator

    • Community Helpers

    • Curbside Fire Truck Visits, etc.

  • Middle School Fire Safety (Ages 10-13)

    • includes “Youth at Risk” program

  • Secondary Fire Safety (Ages 14-17)

  • Adult Fire Safety

    • Home Fire Safety

    • Cooking Safety

    • Fire and Burn Prevention/Survival

    • Fire Extinguisher Training

    • English as a Second Language Adult Presentations in the evenings

    • Seniors Fire Safety in the evenings

  • Fire Drills/Evacuation Drills (City, Community, Business, Healthcare, Schools)

  • Apartment High-rise Fire Safety

  • Staff In-service Training

  • Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention and follow up

  • Fire Hall Tours

  • Service Club - fire and life safety, fire safety scouts badges, etc.

LIFE SAFETY CAMPAIGNS, RECURRING EVENTS, SPECIAL INITIATIVES

  • Fire Prevention Week

  • Burn Awareness Week

  • Safe Kids Week

  • Smoke alarm program

  • Trauma Pups (support for kids at traumatic incidents)

  • Agriculture Fire Safety

  • Secondary Fire Academy

  • Car seat inspection initiatives with Police, BCAA (schools, WalMart, roadside, etc.)

  • Community Safety Fairs

  • Annual Burning Ban

  • Christmas Wreath Campaign

  • Seasonal Fireworks/Candle Safety (Diwali, Halloween, etc.)

AFRS COORDINATION FOR MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENTS (Public Education and Public Relations)

  • Canada Day

  • AgriFair

  • Berry Beat

  • Literacy Day (and other festivals, parades, etc)

PUBLIC INFORMATION / MEDIA RELATIONS / COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT

  • Media Releases (after residential fires or large fires of impact to the community, safety initiatives) The last press release on our members website was 2013.

  • Public Information Bulletins

  • Annual Campaign Information

  • Website Content

  • AdTel phone on hold messaging system

  • FPOA BC - Zone 2 Public Educators (Bi-monthly and Annual Symposiums)

  • APEO monthly meetings (AFRS Internal)

  • Canada Day Committee

  • Bridge Housing Committee (monthly meetings)

  • Fraser Health (semi-annual meetings)

  • School District #34 Safety Meetings (Administration level meetings)

  • Maintenance of Public Education materials, supplies, props, brochures, hand-out items, Safety Star, Sparky, PS Kits, etc.)

  • Evaluate and develop Public Education programs (existing and new)

AFRS TRAINING SUPPORT FOR CAREER AND AUXILIARY STAFF

  • IFSTA Module 7

  • Auxiliary Fire Scene Preservation

  • New Career recruits - Inspections and Education

  • Auxiliary APEO Training

  • Car Seat Tech Instructor

  • Fire & Life Safety Educator Instructor 1035

  • Pre-Incident Planning

Coordination, evaluation, development, and maintenance of public education, initiatives, and community support is no longer possible without trained staffing levels to support them.