The mission of the Selma Fire Department Fire Prevention and Education Program is to promote fire safety and reduce the impacts of fire through citizen outreach programs, inter and intra agency coordination and leadership, thusly, advancing the quality of life and safety for the community we serve which includes all the full-time and volunteer firefighters of the Selma Fire Department.
The fire prevention division is tasked with the prevention of fire and other dangerous activities that lead to fire and the determination of cause and origin of fires through fire investigations. The fire prevention division also insures enforcement of state and local building and fire code, review of new developments and construction, fire investigations, and fire safety inspections. We currently have three cause and origin fire investigators, one on each shift. The public education division provides fire safety education through many different mediums including street fairs, health fairs, school assemblies, newsletters and articles. We also provide community outreach, predominately to the elderly and Latino community.
Public education makes a difference!
Public education has proven itself as an effective prevention strategy.
Consider the following statistics: Since 1987, overall fire incidents in the United States have steadily declined by 17%.The number of annual deaths due to fire declined 25% in 10 years. Now the annual average is less than 4,000 deaths each year.
However, there are also statistics that indicate more work needs to be done: From 1987 to 1997, the number of injuries per residential fire increased by 12%. While the numbers of deaths are down, a growing number of people are being injured during home fires. The largest numbers of fire deaths occur in the home. The amount of annual property loss due to fire each year averages $8 billion.
The most effective strategy is the “Three E’s of prevention.”
The first is Education: only by raising awareness and knowledge can the desired behavior be produced. Education empowers people to take control of their own lives and make a difference.
The second E is Enforcement: codes and laws need to be enforced to help prevent people from falling into bad habits. People need to understand there are consequences for their actions.
The third E is Engineering: this involves changing vehicles, products, or materials to make them less hazardous. Only by combining various methods are we able to change behavior with a diverse amount of people.
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