At Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, we take an active role in the education of our community. Our public education program seeks to educate members of the community on many levels.
We have been involved in the education of school-age children for many years. The current program works with the educators at our schools to teach age- and activity-appropriate material. Preschool and kindergarten classes are treated to a fire station tour and are given the chance to meet the firefighters and see the equipment up close.
First- and second-grade children are also given a tour of the station and equipment, but more education is given specific to home safety and fire safety. A special trailer is brought to the school to assist in the instructional process and it has various stations that highlight things like kitchen safety, bedroom safety, living area considerations and escape plans.
At the third-grade level, children are given a different type of instruction specific to Lake Tahoe. Winter here in the Tahoe Basin can be harsh at times, and winter safety and survival skills can be the difference between a good or bad outcome. Children are taught basic survival skills, shelters, signaling and guidance.
At the fourth- and fifth-grade levels, the children are taught outdoor safety. This event is the biggest of them all and encompasses almost a full day of activities. Though sponsored by Tahoe Douglas, it is a joint effort between several agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Coast Guard and others. There are many stations that the kids go through, which detail the importance of such things as personal flotation devices (life jackets), sunscreen and skin cancer, campfire safety, drinking and driving, and water rescue. This event is done near the end of the school year and is meant to instill a fresh perspective into the kids as they begin their summer.
Our fire prevention division has a variety of ways to interact with our community. Fire extinguisher training is available to local businesses to assist with safety and proper technique. The prevention division is also available to meet with homeowners to discuss ways to properly landscape and perform building maintenance to maximize survivability during a wildland fire. These resources are available to members of our community year-round. Please contact our main office to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our prevention personnel.
Car Seat Installation:
Parents ...be safe! Schedule a FREE car seat installation checks with certified TDFPD technicians. Take 30 minutes to identify the following with one of our certified installers:
- Proper installation
- Proper sizing
- Manufacturer recalls
- Other dangers
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