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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 Es 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.


Check out all the different zones that we have in the

S.A.F.E. Program:


Safety Trailer Zone

Station Zone

Bicycle Safety Zone

Educational Resources


History of the S.A.F.E. Program

Started by the members of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) which is a national volunteer program that takes its root as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.   The act provided communities with volunteers to assist in addressing a multitude of issues ranging from homelessness, economic development and child abuse.  The primary mission of VISTA is to help eliminate and alleviate poverty by performing volunteer service in agencies, and situations where the application of human talent and dedication may assist in finding solutions to poverty-related problems.  This mission has been expanded to include Homeland Security.  The Three Vista's that the S.A.F.E. program together as follows;

       Jenny Saklar Lenore McDonald    Destiny Mercado