Unfortunately due to the recent situation related to COVID-19, the Division of Fire is not currently scheduling demonstrations at our fire stations or assigning any units to attend public events. We believe this is in the best interest of our community and firefighters to limit exposure. Henrico Division of Fire is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and it would not be responsible to continue with these events at this time.
Thank you for your understanding and the Division of Fire hopes to start doing demonstrations again when it deemed safe to do so. If you have any questions, please contact us at FireCommunityServices@henrico.us. This will ensure that someone from our Community Services team responds to your message.
Make a request to have a firefighter speak at your group meeting
Be advised that we currently provide two ongoing programs to elementary school students in grades 1-4 which are offered EVERY YEAR in our school system:
Our Junior Firefighter Program is delivered to children in grades 1 – 3. EACH YEAR the children in 1/3 of our elementary schools receive this program. This program utilizes a mobile “set” [a child’s bedroom] and features “Squirt” the clown who initially does the wrong things and acts silly when confronted with various fire safety problems. Eventually, with the help of firefighters and the children, he learns to “do the right things”.
Our Fourth Grade Fire and Life Safety Program consists of four one-hour Fire and Life Safety lessons which are presented to ALL fourth graders in the County by real firefighters. The Kid Safety House is used at the end of this program to simulate an escape from a burning house. Theatric [safe] smoke is released in the upstairs bedroom. Students are challenged to determine how to escape from the room. Eventually they must unlock and open a window, crawl from the room onto a balcony, climb down a ladder to the ground, and report to a safe meeting place [a mailbox surrounded by orange cones].
In addition, our safety messages are presented throughout the summer to participants in Summer Blast and Teen Scene Camps sponsored by our Recreation and Parks department. We also present information at county libraries and other locations in October – during Fire Prevention Week / Month.
Other possible fire prevention / safety presentations that may be available:
Senior Fire and Fall Prevention
Older members of our community are at an increased risk of being injured or killed in a fire or as a result of a fall. We want to reduce the likelihood that this will happen. We use a PowerPoint Presentation created by the National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] and the Center for Disease Control [CDC] entitled “Remembering When” to help seniors, and those who love them, understand how to reduce risks. A Community Services Firefighter will make this 40 – 60 minute presentation.
General Fire Safety
The Henrico County Division of Fire is happy to have a firefighter speak to members of your group about fire safety. A PowerPoint presentation is used. A Community Services Firefighter will make this 40 – 60 minute presentation.
Business Fire Safety
A workplace can hold many potential dangers. A company’s biggest responsibility is the safety and welfare of its employees, customers, and visitors. A PowerPoint is used to help ensure that employees are knowledgeable in fire prevention and emergency response in the workplace. A Community Services Firefighter will make this 40 – 60 minute presentation.
Pre-school Fire Safety
Firefighters love to visit with children to reinforce fire safety messages and hopefully reduce the fear of firefighters than children sometimes have but please understand that we can’t do it all.
Note: We expect that teachers will prepare students for any proposed visits by the fire department in advance. Please click on the links below for helpful information and materials. We sincerely appreciate any attention that you give to fire safety and risk reduction education. Young children are a “special risk class” of our citizenry.
General Disaster Preparedness
The Office of Emergency Management can provide a speaker to share information about general disaster preparedness, or about specific threats and hazards such as hurricane preparedness, flood safety, and winter preparedness. A PowerPoint presentation and other resources are used. A member of the OEM staff can make a presentation from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your needs.
Business Disaster Preparedness
The Office of Emergency Management can provide a speaker to share information with your staff on everything from general disaster preparedness to assisting you with starting your business continuity planning efforts. A PowerPoint presentation and other resources are used. A member of the OEM staff can make a presentation from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your needs.
Pre-School, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade Disaster Preparedness
Shifting information to the appropriate age group, the Office of Emergency Management staff can help kids become Disaster Aware and ReadyHenrico! Using resources from FEMA’s ReadyKids initiative, our staff can share information about how to be ready for emergencies and what to do to be prepared. Presentations can be 15-30 minutes, or more, depending on your availability and needs.
Members of the Division of Fire are happy to talk about firefighting as a potential vocation. We will attempt to respond to your request in one of two ways: 1. Send an engine company [Fire Engine with at least 3 firefighters] 2. Send a Community Services Firefighter.
If you choose the first option, it’s important that you understand that these firefighters will be “in- service”. As EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, they may arrive late, have to leave early, or may fail to arrive – based on the emergency call load in the area at the time. They MAY have a PowerPoint presentation to share with the audience or they may simply talk about their personal experiences as a firefighter and attempt to answer questions posed by the audience.
If you choose the second option, you will get a firefighter who will not be assigned to respond to emergencies in the area. They will likely be on time and able to stay for the duration of your request. They will likely have a PowerPoint presentation to share with the audience, may talk about his /her personal experiences as a firefighter, and will attempt to answer questions posed by the audience. Community Services personnel will generally not bring a fire engine to the event.
What we do – and how we do it
Learn what the Division of Fire is all about – what we do and how we do it. A PowerPoint presentation is used which highlights the goals of the Division of Fire and how we attempt to meet those goals. A Community Services Firefighter will make this 40 – 60 minute presentation.
A Community Helper / First Responder
A firefighter will meet with Boy and Girl Scout groups to discuss fire safety, the Firefighter as a community helper, First Aid, or another topic relevant to the group.
A presentation on the topic of my choice
A Firefighter will consider a presentation on the safety topic of your choice.
Car Seat Assistance
For information on Child Safety Seats, please visit:
Juvenile Fire Setter Program [Voluntary Entry]
If you are concerned about a child’s fascination with fire, you may ask to enroll the child in our Juvenile Fire Setter Program. This program is designed to educate children on the dangers of fire and the consequences of setting fires deliberately.