The Layton Fire Corps program has recruited the help of local sixth-grade students to spread the message of fire safety. The newly formed Junior Fire Corps program expands on Layton’s already robust education efforts.

Early in the Layton Fire Corps’ development, department members approached the drama clubs of the two high schools within its jurisdiction and asked them to join the program. The students write and perform their own fire safety skits for elementary school children. However, the high school volunteers soon realized that the sixth-grade students were out-growing the prevention programs.

Since children seem to learn better from their peers, they decided to create a Junior Fire Corps group so the sixth graders could use their knowledge to teach preschoolers. It is also a good opportunity for the sixth-graders to learn and re-enforce fire safety messages while they are teaching. The Junior Fire Corps is currently being piloted at one elementary school, but Fire Corps coordinators hope to eventually engage students in all 15 of the city’s elementary schools.

The sixth-graders helped to develop a home and fire safety skit to educate pre-schoolers on dangers within the home. At the end of the performance, a firefighter further discusses fire safety with the kids. The preschoolers have responded well to the initiative and both students and teachers are enthusiastic about the program.

"It's fun to see the excitement in the (preschoolers') eyes, especially having their peers doing it," Mayor Steve Curtis said of the new Junior Fire Corps skit, according to an article in the Standard-Examiner. "I think it's beneficial as far as the learning process because they are captivated by their peers, and it helps the younger kids anticipate the time when they will be able to teach."

Layton Fire Corps was founded in 2007 and quickly became the top program in the state of Utah. The program is a two-time winner of the Utah Fire Corps Program of the Year and has become an integral part of the department and the community. For more information on the Layton City FD Fire Corps, contact Dean Hunt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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