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Program Development and Community Risk Reduction

Prevention Program Development
Most of Vermont's fire departments do not have a fire safety educator,  therefore department members spread the fire safety message in addition to their normal department duties.

The public education and information section provides technical assistance, customized fire safety education programs and fire prevention training. We assist local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations, parents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in collaborating on fire and life safety education. The Division can also help with community risk reduction, emergency planning and other general fire and life safey code issues.

Contact the DFS Public Education and Information Section to Request Assistance 

General Prevention Program Development Resources

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) - Planning for Public Fire Education

The role of fire safety educators is complex and each community is unique. Communities vary with respect to fire safety risk factors, target audiences, and resources available. A one-size-fits-all approach just won’t work; that’s why this toolkit was created. It will lead you step by step through the development or enhancement of your fire safety education program to meet the specific needs of your community. Whether you are just getting started in fire safety education, or you are a seasoned educator, this toolkit will get you on your way to a successful program. Fire Safety Program Toolkit PDF 7 MB

NFPA - Planning & Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program

A smoke alarm installation program in your community can make a measurable difference in reducing deaths and injuries from fire. The updated “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program” Web version (PDF, 1 MB) Print version (PDF, 5 MB) is a comprehensive guide including everything you’ll need to get started, from tips on how to select volunteers, to pointers on soliciting donations and publicizing your program.

NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference Guide

Educational Messages Desk Reference - 2020 Edition