We are proud to offer tours for schools, home-study groups, boys and girls clubs, churches, civic clubs, or any other interested groups or individuals. Station tours consist of a detailed look into a firefighter’s workday, a tour of the living quarters of the fire station, description of the job that fighters perform, and an up-close look at the fire engines and equipment that firefighters use every day. The primary purpose of the station tour is to educate children about fire prevention using a variety of age appropriate techniques.
Our Sparky Robot is the newest addition to our Public Education Program. Sparky the firedog is the National Fire Protection's (NFPA's) mascot for fire safety. He rides around in his very own miniature fire engine talking and interacting with citizens of all ages, providing a fun and interactive fire safety experience. *Sparky photo credit: Alec Hilliard Photography
Sparky the Fire Dog is a friend that lives at the fire station and helps to educate our youngest citizens in Gainesville. “Sparky” helps demonstrate life at the fire station and what firefighters do each day, as well as teaches topics such as Stop Drop and Roll & Stay Low in Smoke.
Gainesville Fire-Rescue Puppets and their friends help to share stories and songs with preschool to elementary aged students about fire safety. The puppets share various fire and life safety messages with children in these interactive programs.
The Flame-Outs are a group of firefighters who don clown costumes and makeup to provide safety messages and educate students in a fun and interactive program. Each year, the Flame-Outs develop a new skit that is performed for all local elementary schools during Fire Prevention Month.
In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. Fire Prevention week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1911. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues to be the international sponsor of the week.
The Flame- Outs recognize the entire month of October by providing visits to local elementary schools clowning around and providing important safety messages to students.
Do you need instruction on the proper use of a fire extinguisher? Gainesville Fire-Rescue offers a hands-on course to interested individuals, groups, or businesses. The one-hour course instructs the class on selecting the proper class of fire extinguisher, choosing a location, and when and how to properly and safely use a fire extinguisher.