The Selma Fire Department, a combination department located in central California, has gone to great lengths to educate their community on the importance of fire and life safety through their Fire Corps program, S.A.F.E. (Selma Advocates Fire Education). S.A.F.E.’s mission is to provide a comprehensive and proactive public education program that will span the entire Selma community, protecting its citizens from diverse fire safety issues.

The Selma Fire Corps program creates a safe community by utilizing Fire Corps volunteers in various capacities, such as conducting public education at community events, distributing smoke alarms, and operating their Fire Safety House, which emphasizes the correct way to exit a bedroom if there is smoke, and Sparky’s Hazard House, which is an innovative teaching aid that allows the audience to participate in transforming the house from hazardous to safe through the use of 3D parts, flips, tokens, and stick-on illustrations.

To reach various populations across the Selma community, S.A.F.E Ambassadors give fire prevention and life safety education presentations at senior centers, local schools, and community festivals and events. Presentations and information are offered in both English and Spanish.

On October 14th, the Selma Fire Corps hosted S.A.F.E. Day at the Park where over 200 attendees enjoyed a fun-filled day of learning about fire prevention and life safety issues. S.A.F.E. members handed out packets of prevention information and operated the Selma Fire Safety House, where messages were focused on kitchen safety to coincide with the Fire Prevention Week theme, "Prevent cooking fires: Watch what you heat."

S.A.F.E. believes that by decreasing the occurrence of residential fires, injuries, and deaths, the S.A.F.E. Fire Corps program will also ensure the safety of firefighters.

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