Public education is one of the most important functions of the fire service. The Department of Public Safety Fire Prevention Division provides fire safety education to many different groups and ages. The 2nd week of October is National Fire Prevention Week and is a time that is dedicated to fire safety education. While we provide education throughout the entire year, during this week and month, all of the elementary schools and private schools located in the City of Grants Pass are visited.
The primary focus for these school assemblies are Stop, Drop, and Roll; Exit Drills in The Home (EDITH); Smoke Detectors; and Don't Play With Matches. The children are taught the material and then get a chance to see the fire engines up close and personal. The engine companies also eat lunch with the kids during this week.
Public education is not just provided to young children. The Fire Prevention Division also provided fire safety classes to adults and businesses. Fire extinguisher training is provided free of charge and many businesses partake in this training. Information classes are also given to different organizations, such as church organizations and neighborhood groups.
The Fire Prevention Division assists city government, groups, clubs, organizations, and businesses in order to promote the growth and safety of citizens in the city by making information, classes, and programs available upon request.
Members of the Fire Prevention Division also assist the governing authority by reviewing development and/or revision of zoning policies, building codes, fire codes, and residential and commercial building permits within the city.
If you would like information on how to host any of the above classes or have any questions regarding the training, contact the Crime Prevention Office by phone at 541-450-6245 and Fire Prevention Division at 541-450-6200 or by fax at 541-476-1929.