In conjunction with our Mission Statement our department
has developed various structured educational programs to help teach fire
and life safety skills in our Township. Our hope is that through
educational programs the residents of our Township will develop valuable
life safety orientated habits so Plainfield Township will be a safer
place to live.
The Plainfield Township Fire Department is a major player within the
community in terms of Life Safety Skills Training. In addition to
extensive educational programs, the Plainfield Township Fire Department
has embarked on an Adopt-A-School program, which will enhance
Learn Not To Burn programs.
Goals of the Adopt-A-School Program
Enhance our Learn Not To Burn program.
Provide each elementary school in Plainfield Township with an
Adopt-A-School fire fighter who will act as a liaison and
resource person, dealing with the Learn Not To Burn and other
public education programs.
Provide each elementary school with information and resources
needed to help educate all students about fire and life safety
Provide a greater understanding of the role of the fire service.
Maintain the professional quality of public education programs.
This program includes a description of the Adopt-A-School
program, Learn Not To Burn manuals, and career day information
for junior high schools and high schools. In addition, resources for
personnel have been included to help assist them as Adopt-A-School
fire fighters and equipment operators.
This is a multi-faceted program with the intent of reaching the
residents of Plainfield Township. Lifestyle changes as a result of this
program will reduce property loss and save lives.
To be effective and achieve our goals, we will need to:
Set good examples
Follow basic guidelines
Expectations for Adopt-A-School Fire Fighters
Each "adopter" will attend a training session and will visit their
adopted school on a regular basis for education programs.
The "adopter" will visit their adopted school on an informal basis
for lunch, or to participate in other school activities.
Meet with their adopted school each September to develop a plan of
when and how visits will occur and what will be covered during the
The fire department will supply training, materials, equipment and
information to ensure an effective and efficient program.
Each person involved in this program is expected to:
Exercise professional work standards when representing the
Plainfield Township Fire Department.
Wear your uniform while involved in Adopt-A-School
Follow the program guidelines and logistics; always keeping
the goals in mind.
Familiarize yourselves with the content of the educational
programs to help ensure consistency.
Participate in training sessions in order to receive current
Stay current with activities at the school.
Be a positive role model for the students.
Introduce and update the Learn Not To Burn curriculum
to teachers and staff.
What is the Learn Not To Burn Curriculum?
One of the National Fire Protection Association's most important
missions is to educate the public about fire safety. The NFPA firmly
believes that teachers, along with fire fighters, can play a major role
in fire safety education programs.
A vital part of this mission is the Learn Not To Burn Curriculum,
now in use in tens of thousands of classrooms across the nation and
abroad. By educating children, we encourage fire safe living throughout
their entire lifetimes. Together, teachers and fire fighters can make an
impact on our serious fire problem. The Learn Not To Burn
Curriculum has been designed to integrate into existing classroom
subjects so teachers will be able to use the program effectively in
separate subject areas or as a complete educational unit. Detailed
lesson plans on fire safe behavior make implementation easy for the
teacher, and evaluation instruments challenge today's elementary
Since the Learn Not To Burn Curriculum was introduced, the NFPA
has been notified of hundreds of lives that have been saved as a direct
result of lessons learned at school.
What Does An Adopt-A-School Fire Fighter Do?
An Adopt -A- School fire fighter is a liaison/resource person for the
school. This does not mean you have to coordinate and attend all events
at the school. It does mean you will take requests from the school for
resource materials and personnel. Communicate with your school on a
Remember, your supervisors are here to assist you. Please tell us about
the requests you are getting from your school and we will assist you in
any way possible.
The role of an Adopt-A-School fire fighter is difficult to define
for these reasons:
Each school utilizes their Adopt-A-School fire fighter in
Fire fighters participate in ways they feel most comfortable.
Expectations of schools and fire fighters vary.
Suggestions for Adopt-A-School Fire Fighters
Fire Fighters will be assigned a school in their respective district.
It is necessary to ensure the staff at the school this does not mean
more work for them. Rather, it gives them a valuable resource for
presentations, resources, and information. The Adopt-A-School
fire fighter can actually help reduce teachers' workloads by offering
them assistance during Fire Prevention Week, Burn Awareness Week,
Community Interaction Days, Career Days, and other events (holiday
parties, open houses, field trips, ect.).
Meet the principal and staff in September, during the first three
weeks of school. At this meeting establish how you can help the
school as a resource person.
Book nine to ten days on the school calendar where you will be
available and the teachers' can sign up for you or other fire
department personnel to do presentations to their students. At this
time they may also ask you if you are available to attend a school
event on a particular day. If you are not available, contact your
supervisor. If possible, arrangements will be made to have someone
attend the event. Establishing, in advance, the days you are
committed to is important to both the school and the Adopt-A-School
Be flexible when opportunities for interaction occur; Try to