Fire department provides free public education

May 22, 2017 by  

In addition to fighting fires, the Pickering Fire Department is proud to offer training and education programs on fire prevention and the Ontario Fire Code.

Pickering 101 is an example of one of the programs offered on a weekly basis by the department. In these two-hour sessions, staff from the city of Pickering educates the public about the various programs and services offered by the city throughout the year. The goal is to increase awareness and further engage the public.

In addition to participating in provincially mandated programs, there are numerous training programs offered by the Pickering Fire Department staff. Programming is designed for both adults and children, and can be held at the fire station, or some presentations can be arranged for local workplaces and apartment buildings.

Adult presentations include, ‘Fire Safety in the Workplace’, ‘Fire Extinguisher Training’, ‘Swing into Summer Safety’ and ‘Older and Wiser’. The ‘Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council’ website offers informational brochures and calendars, designed to highlight key fire prevention activities throughout the year.

Popular children’s programs include ‘Adopt a School’, ‘Learn not to Burn’, ‘The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C)’ and ‘Girl Guides and Scouts Fire Safety Awareness’. Presentations are restricted to a maximum of 20 children, and they must be accompanied by an adult. The ‘Sparky and Friends’ website offers educational activities and games, with engaging graphic design.

For more information, or to schedule a presentation, contact the fire department headquarters at 905-839-9968.