General Services Available:

Within the Risk Reduction Division, our Community (Public) Education personnel continue to gradually expand and enhance the educational resources and services offered to the public. Online resources are accessible within our Fire and Life Safety webpages above, and below is a summary of services generally available upon request. To request a service or learn more, please call (512) 251-2801 and ask for Community Education.

Fire Station Tours – We schedule station tours at least two to three weeks in advance for groups up to 20 people. We encourage our firefighters to always start tours with safety education. Please keep in mind that the firefighters will be on-duty, which can delay their return to the station after an emergency call or take them away to an emergency during your visit.

Fire Truck Educational Visits – We take requests for 1-hour fire truck visits to public events at least two weeks in advance. We encourage our firefighters to always include safety education in all of their public appearances. As with station tours, please keep in mind that the firefighters will be on-duty, which can affect their arrival and departure times.

Hands-only CPR Training – We provide free training on hands-only CPR for groups of 10 or more people, age 12 years and up. This is a short, basic class that does not produce a certification. Classes can be scheduled at the Fire Dept. or off site.

Community Group Presentations – We welcome requests from community groups such as neighborhood associations, senior groups, service groups, and apartment communities to teach the basics on smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, preventing house fires, holiday fire safety, and other fire/life safety topics.

Senior Safety – We welcome the opportunity to teach fire and fall safety to senior groups, and we work with managers and residents at senior facilities to reduce their fire risks and support their emergency preparedness. Additionally, we can provide Vial of Life packets to seniors to post inside their homes with their medical information and emergency contact information for first responders.

School Visits – During October and November in honor of Fire Prevention Month, we offer special “Educate Every Little One” programming to all elementary schools and childcare centers in our jurisdiction; these visits are scheduled a few weeks in advance. The rest of the year, we take requests from schools for standard fire truck visits, Career Day presentations, and other programming.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Hotline – After reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for alarm information, if you still have questions please leave a message on our Smoke & CO Alarm Hotline at (512) 989-4516. This is a non-emergency line. Calls are usually returned by the next business day.

Stop the Bleed Training – Stop the Bleed training gives you the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control the bleeding with three quick techniques.

Warn Central Texas – The Capital Area Council of Governments and its partners are pleased to offer an emergency notification system to residents of Central Texas. Registering with WarnCentralTexas allows local officials to contact their communities by phone, email and text during times of disasters or public safety events. Every resident should sign up for this! Please visit https://warncentraltexas.org/ today!

 

Wildfire Community Education:

Fire Adaptive Communities – The National Wildfire Coordinating Group defines a fire-adapted community as “A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to coexist with wildland fire safely.” More fully, fire-adapted communities are knowledgeable, engaged communities where actions of residents and agencies in relation to infrastructure, buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape safely. Because every community is unique, the steps and strategies they take to improve their wildfire resilience will vary from place to place. Please call 512-251-2801 today to learn more about the program!

Firewise Communities – Firewise Communities Firewise USA® is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community. Please call 512-251-2801 to learn more about the program!

Home Fire Safety/Wildfire Home Risk Assessments – The District offers FREE home risk assessments to help you and your family prepare for the worst. Is your home hardened? Do you have defensible space? Do you and your family have a “Go Kit?” If you answered no to any of these questions, please sign up for your free assessment today by calling  (512) 251-2801

Ready Set Go Program – The RSG! Program provides tools and resources for fire departments to use as they help residents gain an understanding of their wildland fire risk and actions individuals can take to reduce that risk. Engaging in this dialogue is particularly important for the fire service as national studies have shown that firefighters are uniquely respected in their communities and can project a trusted voice to the public preparedness appeal. They can also explain what fire resources are available during an event and the role that individuals should play in preparedness and early evacuation – if called for by local officials – to increase the safety of residents and first responders. Call 512-251-2801 to learn more!

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