City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

School Fire Safety Education Program

The mission statement of the Fire Division includes the clause, "Through training and education, we will provide for the safety and well-being of the public...".

The Fire Division has provided a proactive fire safety program for Upper Arlington's public and private schools for decades. A civilian fire safety education coordinator, who is a retired educator, spearheads the program.

A unique feature of this service is that professional educational lesson plans are presented in individual classroom settings rather than an "assembly" type environment. Although more labor-intensive, we believe this approach is much more effective. We believe the use of age appropriate lesson plans taught by a trained fire safety educator to small classroom sized groups results in a student body well-educated in lifelong fire & life safety practices.

The primary goal of the program is to teach a different fire or life safety protective skill to every student in every classroom, in every school in grades preschool through seven, every year.