Taylor Fire Department is surveying Taylor families about prevention and safety

Are you more fire safe now than you were 12 months ago?

Members of the Taylor Fire Department want to know if their fire prevention and safety programs have helped make City of Taylor families safer. As a recipient of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, the Fire Department must evaluate the impact of the project on the community. The department will measure change by comparing the number and type of fires reported and by soliciting input from Taylor residents served through a survey.

Residents are asked to visit the Taylor Fire Department website at www.cityoftaylor.com/fire to participate in the Taylor Fire Prevention Citizen Survey. Although there is a direct focus on responses from Taylor residents, the survey is open to and applicable to anyone who wishes to participate. The survey will close at the end of July 2010.  

“We have developed the Taylor Fire Prevention Citizen Survey to generate usable data from our community,” said Captain Fire Inspector Jesse Kriebel. “The citizen responses will be used to evaluate the impact of our current programs, to improve upon these programs and to develop new ones. The fire service understands the power of prevention: most home fires can be prevented. Please avoid the single greatest fire hazard in your home: ‘the thought that it can’t happen, not to me and not in my home.’”  

There are 11 questions on the brief survey, including:
●Did any of the Taylor Fire Department’s fire prevention and safety programs result in a fire safety action in your home?
●Did any children of your family discuss safety tips or information learned from the classroom fire safety lessons?
●Do you believe Taylor fire prevention and safety programs have directly increased your children’s knowledge and awareness of fire and safe behaviors?
●Have you or any of your children ever “played with fire?”

Current Taylor fire prevention and safety programs partner with the Taylor School District. This year, the program has reached almost 5,000 students. Fire safety lessons have been presented during the 2009-2010 school year on a monthly basis in the pre-kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. Arson prevention lessons were recently completed with the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes.

“Most deadly fires happen in the place we feel the safest - our homes,” said Kriebel, who is known as “Firefighter Jesse” to Taylor school children. “Getting our prevention message into the homes of our community is a real challenge. Our prevention strategy is to empower the children of our community by teaching and reinforcing fire safety, fire science, fire behavior and fire survival concepts. Lessons were taught by firefighters in the classrooms and prevention materials were sent home to reach the families. Our goal is to provide a long-term benefit to our community by sustaining these programs and creating a ‘fire safe generation.’ I believe the data from the survey combined with our fire data will prove the old adage, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ is indeed a true statement.”

Everyone is invited to join Taylor firefighters in celebrating a great year in fire prevention education at their open house event, “School’s Out, Safety’s In,” from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Taylor Midtown Fire Station No. 1, 23345 Goddard Road. The event is sponsored by the Taylor Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1252 and includes food, giveaways, live demonstrations, station tours, safety lessons and fun for the whole family.

For more information and fire safety tips please visit www.cityoftaylor.com/fire or call (734) 374-1355.

"Firefighter Jesse" meets with first-graders at Eureka Heights Elementary School: