The goal of the Public Education Division is to educate and train people how to prevent fire and protect themselves, their family members, their friends and their property from the hazards of fire. If the Fire Prevention Bureau Public Education Division can accomplish this goal, we can reduce the number of fire deaths and severity of injuries caused by fire, and reduce the number of fires and the extent of property damage that results from fires.
JUVENILE FIRE SETTERS
The Juvenile Fire Setter Program was a short-term goal started in 1995. The Public Education Division adopted the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators', (IAAI) program, "Children and Fire", developed by the United States Fire Administration. Two juveniles and their parents attended and completed the "Children and Fire" program in 1995. A long-term goal of this division is to develop, coordinate and implement a fire prevention program in the school system targeting 4th grade students. Fire prevention/safety is a priority. With cooperation, we can meet our goals and provide for the safety and welfare of those who live, work and play in the City of Cudahy.
FIRE PREVENTION/SAFETY PROGRAMS
The department's public safety instructors conduct three programs: Fire Prevention I, II and Senior Citizen Programs. Schools, businesses, community groups and the general public have utilized our programs to learn about and implement fire prevention and safety strategies. The Senior Citizen Program is an annual program that takes place at each elderly housing complex within the City of Cudahy.
SURVIVE ALIVE HOUSE
This portable house is a practical exercise for children on what to do if a fire occurs in their home. It reinforces their knowledge and procedures for escaping from their home in the event of fire and notifying 911. Operation E.D.I.T.H., smoke detectors, staying low in a fire and 9-1-1 system procedures are used in this program. The Survive Alive House is available to all communities in Zone E –Cudahy, St. Francis, Oak Creek and South Milwaukee, on a first come, first served basis. The "House" has two bedrooms, one located on the first floor and the second on the second floor. Each room has two means of escape. Non-toxic smoke is injected into the rooms, sounding the smoke detectors. Doors leading to each bedroom are temperature controlled to simulate a fire behind the door. A red strobe light in the hallway simulates the "fire". The child and/or adult must follow the correct procedures to get out of the house "alive", in the safest manner possible. We have used this valuable educational tool on various occasions throughout the year. Children and adults who participate in this program get real life experience of what it is like in a real fire situation. Knowing what to do could save their lives in the event of a fire in their homes.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
The Cudahy Fire Department and Cudahy McDonald's sponsor a joint fire program and contest to show and explain firefighting equipment. This program is designed to provide an awareness for the need to develop and implement fire prevention/safety procedures. CFD personnel are on hand to discuss numerous fire safety-related topics including EDITH, safe smoking habits, safety in the home, the 911 system, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. The Survive Alive House is also on hand for practical demonstrations in fire safety. Tours of the fire stations are another major event of Fire Prevention Week. These tours are conducted in the mornings and afternoons during the week prior to, the week of, and the week after Fire Prevention Week. The tours include a trip through all areas of the fire stations and hands-on demonstrations of the apparatus and equipment.
The training of fire brigades for industries, hospitals and businesses in our community is done on a regular basis to reinforce the use of firefighting skills, safety precautions and evacuation procedures. This helps keep fire losses to a minimum and promotes fire safety awareness.
COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM – CAP
This program allows a student from the senior high school to work with Cudahy firefighters during the afternoon hours, Mondays through Friday. The primary goal of program is to give the student an overview of what the career of firefighting is really like. During their time here, the students make valuable contacts and have greater opportunities to pursue a career in firefighting.
SCHOOL FIRE DRILLS
School fire drills are conducted annually at each public and private school in the City of Cudahy. CFD personnel activate the local alarms and check that correct procedures are used. The time it takes to evacuate the building and accounting for each individual is also evaluated.
FIRE PREVENTION/SAFETY VIDEO TAPES
"Plan to Get Out Alive" videotapes are available to the public free of charge. Because of the dramatic nature of the material, we recommend that parents be present if this fire safety tape is being viewed by children under the age of 10 (running time: 45 minutes). We also have "Smoke Detectives", a video with lesson plans from State Farm Insurance Company that is designed for kindergarten through 6th grade students. This tape contains valuable information and tips on fire safety in your home and can be borrowed anytime.
ENHANCED 9-1-1 SYSTEM
This extremely important service has been in operation in the City of Cudahy for nine years. Once 911 is dialed, the location, owner and any other important information for that particular telephone location is displayed on the computer screen of an Emergency Services Dispatcher. Several lives have been saved because of this enhanced information system. Persons unable to talk, small children unable to describe their location and persons from out of town have all realized the advantage of this automatic location system. "REMEMBER TO GIVE THE DISPATCHER ALL VITAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE EMERGENCY YOU ARE REPORTING."
FIREFIGHTER'S FOOD FUND DRIVE
Our food barrels are a familiar sight in our community. With the help of the citizens of Cudahy and surrounding areas, we are able to bring healthier and happier holidays to those less fortunate. With the help of Project Concern, many food items are collected and then distributed at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For those in our community without daily contact with relatives or neighbors, we offer a program for their individual protection. A daily call is made to the Fire Department to assure his or her safety and good health. If a call is not received, our personnel will respond to check on the individual to make sure he or she does not need help.
ADOPT A HYDRANT
The City of Cudahy has 702 fire hydrants which become buried in large snowfalls. CFD personnel make an effort to shovel out these hydrants. But due to the large number of hydrants and other department activities, we cannot get to all of them. We encourage citizens and businesses to "adopt" a hydrant near them and keep it visible and accessible for us. This is our "blood supply" in the event of a fire emergency.
STUFFED TOY ANIMALS
The fears of our smallest patients are soothed and sometimes put to rest with the help of stuffed toy animals. They are given to patients up to six years of age. The toys help alleviate a child's fear of an unknown and sometimes scary situation. They also make the child feel more comfortable with firefighters treating them.
PORTABLE OUTDOOR SIGNS
Outdoor signs are available at both fire stations to promote community activities and events. Messages and announcements from various civic groups are placed on the signs by request. Use of these signs is on a first come, first served basis.
Jerry's kids are on the minds of Cudahy firefighters throughout the year. Money is donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on behalf of Cudahy Fire Department personnel.