Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Seminole County Fire Department is pleased to provide our community with several types of Public Education Activities.  To request a visit by Seminole County Fire Department, please visit our online Community Outreach Request Form.

Car Seat Checks

Seminole County Fire Department hosts a monthly car seat check at Seminole County Fire Station 27.

Every third Thursday from 3pm to 5pm

5280 Red Bug Lake Rd., Winter Springs  FL 32708

To schedule an appointment please email scfdcommunityoutreach@seminolecountyfl.gov or call 407-665-5126.

Please allow 30 to 45 minutes per appointment.

Seminole County Fire Department is also a member of the Safe Kids Seminole Coalition.

For additional car seat inspection locations

For car seat education locations   

For more information regarding car seat inspection/education, visit Safe Kids Page on Seminole County Sheriff's website.

Fire Safety Programs

E.D.I.T.H. Program

Exit Drills In The Home

Plan for the Event of a Fire

  1. Install smoke detectors and keep them in working condition.
  2. Make an escape plan and practice it once every 6 months.
  3. Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Exit DrillsPlan Your Escape

A fire can occur at any time. There is no time for planning when a fire occurs. Sit down with your family today and make a step-by-step plan for escaping a fire.

Apartment Buildings

If you live in an apartment building and a fire occurs, use the stairways to escape. Never use an elevator to escape a fire.

Multi-story Houses

If you live is a multi-story house and you must escape from an upper story window, make sure that there is a safe way to reach the ground. You can use a fire-resistant fire escape ladder. Be sure to have special arrangements for children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Supply them with a phone in their bedroom or room them on the ground floor.

Be Sure To Escape Fast!!!

If a fire occurs, Do Not stop for anything. Don't try to rescue personal possessions or pets. Exit the house and go to your meeting place.

Things To Remember When Planning Your Escape:

  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Be sure to mark 2 ways out of every room.
  • Agree on a meeting place outside your home where everyone will gather after escaping a fire. Wait there until the fire department shows up. This allows you to determine if everyone has escaped from the fire.
  • Practice your escape plan at least every 6 months. Have a fire drill in your home. Remember, a fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully.
  • Make your exit drill realistic. Pretend that some exits are blocked by fire and practice alternative escape routes.
  • Make sure that you and your family is prepared. Be sure that everyone can unlock all doors and windows quickly, even in the dark.

If A Fire Occurs:

  • If you live in an apartment building, use stairways to escape. NEVER use an elevator during a fire. An elevator may stop between floors or it may take you to a floor that is burning.
  • If you live in a two-story house and you must escape from a second-story window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground.
  • Test all doors before you open them. While kneeling or crouching at the door, reach up as high as you can. With the back of your hand, touch the door, the knob, and the crack between the door and its frame. If the door is warm, there is fire behind it, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it carefully.
  • If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around the doors to keep the smoke out. Wait at a window and signal for help with a flashlight or a light colored cloth. If there is a phone in the room, call 911 and tell them exactly where you are.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire ExtinguisherSeminole County Fire Department conducts Fire Extinguisher Courses for Business, Churches, Hotels/Restaurants, and Social Organizations. The course includes instruction and hands on fire Extinguisher use. Contact our Public Information & Education Officer to schedule a course (407) 665-5641.

Classifications of Fire:

There are 3 basic classes of fires. All fire extinguishers are labeled with standard symbols for the classes of fires they can put out. The classes are at the right.

Many household fire extinguishers are "multipurpose" A-B-C models. In other words, they can be used on all 3 classes of fire. For example, if you are faced with a Class A fire, and you don't have an extinguisher with an "A" symbol, don't hesitate to use one with the B:C symbols.

Class A Class A: Wood, paper and other combustible solids
Ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, and paper.
Ordinary Combustibles
Class B Class B: Fuel, Oil, and other combustible liquids
Flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, and oil-based paint.
Flammable Liquids
Class C Class C: Electrical
Energized electrical equipment including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery, and appliances
.
Electrical Equipment

WARNING! It is dangerous to use water or an extinguisher labeled "ONLY for Class A Fires" on a grease or electrical fire.

Installation and Maintenance

  • Install your fire extinguishers in plain view. Keep them out of reach of children and away from stoves and heating appliances.
  • Read the operator's manual to learn how to inspect and maintain your fire extinguisher. Extinguishers require routine care.
  • Rechargeable extinguishers must be serviced after every use. There is a list of service companies in the yellow pages. Disposable fire extinguishers can only be used once. Replace disposable extinguishers after use.

Before Fighting the Fire

Before you fight the fire, make sure that...

  1. Everyone has left, or is leaving, the building, and that the fire department has been called.
  2. The fire is confined to a small area and is not spreading.
  3. You have an unobstructed escape route to which the fire will not spread.
  4. The extinguisher is the right type for the fire.
  5. You have read the instructions and that you know how to use the extinguisher.

Instructions

Keep your back to an unobstructed exit and stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire. Follow this 4 step procedure.

Remember the PASS word

Pull the pin. This unlocks the operating ever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers may have a different release device.

Aim low: Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire with the nozzle or hose.

Squeeze the lever above the handle: This will discharge the extinguisher's contents. To stop the discharge, release the lever. Some extinguishers may have a button instead of a lever.

Sweep from side to side: Aim and keep the extinguisher at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out. While doing this, move carefully toward the fire. Repeat the process if the fire reignites.

Community Outreach Programs

Safe Place Program

Safe Place Logo

The Seminole County Fire Department is proud to be part of the Safe Place Program in Seminole County.

Safe Place is a community initiative that educates hundreds of thousands of young people every year about the dangers of trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. The project created a network of Safe Place sites where help can easily be found.

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed program that is easily replicated in communities across the country. This program is a unique example of how communities can collaborate with the business sector, volunteers and youth service agencies to provide temporary safe havens for youth in crisis. Thousands of young people have received help at designated Safe Place locations across the country.

Safe Place SitesBusiness and community buildings display the diamond-shaped yellow and black Safe Place logo identifying them as Safe Place sites - places in neighborhoods where youth can get immediate help.

All Seminole County Fire Stations and Seminole County Animal Services Building are designated as a "safe place". Other Safe Place sites include fast food restaurants, convenience stores, movie theaters, and other community facilities such as police departments, libraries, YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs. In some cases, buses are designated as mobile Safe Place sites.

It is estimated that over two million young people run away from home each year. Increasing numbers of kids are also being put out of their homes by disinterested, frustrated, or abusive parents. On the streets, these youth are vulnerable to many dangers. They are significantly more likely to commit suicide. Without help, their future is uncertain. Safe Place offers access to immediate help for any youth experiencing a crisis situation.

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Sharps Container

Handlers of recyclable materials have grown increasingly concerned about sticks resulting from hypodermic needles, or "sharps," that have been accidentally put into home recycling bins. Trash collectors are often injured by needles that have been improperly packaged or simply thrown loose into household trash.

Sharps that are put in household recycling bins can cause serious problems. Seminole County Fire Department now offers free sharps containers at all local fire stations. To pick up a sharps container, simply go to your neighborhood fire station between 8:00am - 8:00pm. Firefighters will assist you in obtaining this piece of safety equipment.

Improperly disposed sharps are hazardous because they can cause infections and spread disease. Although waste handlers are the most at risk, children, family pets, and wild animals may also be injured.

It is important to remember that sharps are only a problem when they are not handled properly.

Some Sharp Ideas

If you want to make sure that you are disposing of your sharps the right way, follow these simple rules.

DO #1

DO pick up a free approved sharps container from your neighborhood fire station and place sharps in this container. When full, return to fire station for proper disposal.

DO #2

DO label sharps containers with "DO NOT RECYCLE" stickers.

DO #3

DO keep containers in areas that are child and animal proof.

DON'T #1

DON'T put sharps in soda bottles or cans.

DON'T #2

DON'T put sharps containers in your recycling bin.

DON'T #3

DON'T throw loose needles in the trash.

DON'T #4

DON'T flush needles down in the toilet (Sharps that are flushed down the toilet may end up on our beaches and riverbanks).

Used Sharps Drop-Off Sites

All Seminole County fire stations, the Seminole County Health Department and the Osceola Landfill are optional drop-off sites. Please be sure to properly package your sharps according to the safe-handling procedures outlines on this webpage. Locations have the right to refuse any sharps that are not safely contained. Absolutely no containers are to be left in a fire station without the knowledge of personnel on duty.

Click on the following link for a list of other Sharps Drop-Off locations: Sharps Drop-Off

Safe Kids

Seminole County Fire Department is a member of the Seminole County Safe Kids Coalition that is led by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.  Safe Kids Worldwide focuses on unintentional injuries to children up to the age of 14.

 

http://seminolesheriff.org/page.aspx?id=82

Safe Haven

 https://asafehavenfornewborns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Safe-Haven-FAQs.pdf

Santa Express

Santa Is Coming To Seminole County

Santa Is Coming!During the holiday season, Santa can be scheduled to visit any neighborhood in Seminole County that reserves a special time in advance.  Unfortunately, Santa cannot visit every neighborhood and street in Seminole County, so it is important that your homeowner’s association or neighborhood group reserve a time early.

Seminole County Fire Department asks that all associations and groups have a community leader that would not mind dressing up as Santa.  Our fire engine will pick up Santa at your designated location and drive through the neighborhood spreading holiday cheer.  If you would like to pass out gifts or candy, please have those items available at the designated pickup site.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines.

  • Santa must be provided by the association.
  • Santa must sign a Release Form prior to boarding the unit.
  • Santa must be 18 years or older.
  • A chase vehicle must be provided by the requestor.
  • The unit officer may at anytime stop or refuse to transport Santa if an unsafe condition arises.
  • The unit transporting Santa may stay 30 minutes, at the most, after a drop off for public relations demonstrations.
  • Fire Department units must always remain available to answer emergency calls.

Please be advised that due to emergency calls the scheduled unit may be delayed or unable to fulfill the request. During the Santa Express route, an emergency call may occur, causing Santa to be transferred to the chase vehicle.

If your neighborhood collects toys for the Youth Shelters of Seminole County or nonperishable food products for the Second Harvest Food Bank, we ask that you take them to your local Fire Station.

To reserve a time for your neighborhood, please complete the Community Outreach Request Form that goes directly to Santa’s Helper (our Public Education and Information Office) or call 407-665-5126.

Fire Station Tours and Fire Apparatus Displays

Fire Station ToursThe Seminole County Fire Department welcomes guests into our fire stations. Fire station tours are conducted for church groups, schools, social clubs, mom's groups and other organizations. All tours are personalized for each student group dependent on age/grade in school.

We welcome international and local groups to each of the stations.  In this picture, Lieutenant/Paramedic Charlie Imwalle is conducting a tour for a group of Swedish Fire Explorers.

If you are interested in having a fire station tour at one of our facilities, simply contact our Public Information and Education Resource Office at 407-665-5126 or fill out the online Community Outreach Request Form.

Juvenile Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Program

Seminole County's Juvenile Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Programs (JFS) provide specialized fire safety education for target at-risk children and teens with an interest in or a history of starting fires, creating destructive incendiary devices or pulling fire alarms. By offering fire safety education instruction and community outreach presentations, the program helps reduce incidents of injury, property loss and death.

The JFS program is a family-oriented processes requiring parent/guardian participation. At-risk children can be referred to the program by parents/guardians, public safety agencies, the county's public school system, counseling agencies or referred by the judicial system.

The JFS program operates under the direction of Seminole County Fire Department, Lake Mary Fire Department, Longwood Fire Department, Oviedo Fire Department and the Sanford Fire Department.

To enroll a youth or obtain more information, please contact the Seminole County Fire Marshal's office at 407-665-5053.

Smoke Alarm Program

Seminole County Fire Department offers the following smoke alarm program(s) for residents in Seminole County.

Smoke Alarms  Request

Residents in unincorporated Seminole County or in the Cities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry and Winter Springs can request a smoke alarm installation in their homes if they are unable to afford an alarm.  Alarm(s) must be installed by members of the Seminole County Fire Department.  To request an alarm, please fill out the Community Outreach Request form or call 407-665-5126.  Once a request is received it will be processed and approved and your local fire station will be scheduled to install your alarm(s). 

Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD) and American Red Cross Partner Direct Program

Seminole County Fire Department, thru the support and funding of the American Red Cross (ARC), also has an ARC Smoke Alarm Partner Direct Program.  The American Red Cross program provides resources to SCFD to conduct events in the communities as well as provide smoke alarm blitzes in communities that experienced a significant fire.

Seminole County Fire Department and American Red Cross and (SCFD) Rally Events

In 2015, SCFD established a partnership with the American Red Cross to conduct Smoke Alarm Rallies in at risk communities.  Members of Seminole County Fire Department and the American Red Cross and their volunteers coordinate Rally events throughout the year in identified communities to install 10 year lithium battery alarms.  For more information about this program, please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire#About