A few years ago, the Layton City (UT) Fire Department recognized what a Fire Corps program could do for the department and the citizens it serves. The Layton City Fire Corps program was created by reaching out to the fire department’s former and retired firefighters. Within a short period of time, the program had obtained accolades statewide. What made their Fire Corps program unique was the method it used to spread fire safety messages.

Sarah Knowlton became a member of the Fire Corps when her high school’s drama club, called the “REAL Team,” partnered with the program in 2009. As the Captain of the team, Sarah was in charge of writing a play about fire safety, coordinating the many rehearsals, and performing it in front of an audience of 8,000 people. But Sarah and her team didn’t create the play to be performed for the entertainment of adults. Instead they created it to be performed in front of 8,000 elementary school students, whose sponge-like minds could soak up the many fire safety lessons that it taught.

Some of the other Fire Corps activities that Sarah has donated her time to include CERT and police training sessions, the Layton City Open House on Fire Safety, a Baskin-Robbins ice cream fundraiser for the Layton City Fire Department, and the installment of green ribbons throughout the city for Driver/Pedestrian Safety Month. In all, Sarah volunteers nearly 200 hours of her time annually to her community through her involvement in Fire Corps. Thanks to the dedication of Sarah and her fellow Fire Corps members, the fire department has seen a drop in number of house fires and the Layton City Fire Corps team has been awarded the Utah Fire Corps Program of the Year multiple times.

For more information on the Layton City 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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