Informational Brochure 08-09 - San Ramon - San Ramon Valley Fire

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Fourth Grade

Kindergarten Engine Visits In addition to the Kindergarten class room presentation each class will be scheduled for a visit from a fire engine. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to talk with the firefighters and view the engine.

In the fourth grade we introduce students to a family who experienced a fire in their home. A reenactment of the events of the night of the fire will illustrate the concept of “Get Low and Go”. Students will also learn the importance of establishing a meeting spot with their family, maintaining smoke detectors in their homes and taking special care when it comes to candles. The presenters will prompt the children to explain what the family did well during the fire and what they could have improved on. This lesson is an excellent way to encourage fire safety in the home.

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

During their visit the firefighters will “suit up” in turnouts and SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus). This is done to show the students how firefighters will look during a fire and to encourage the children not to hide or be scared.

Fire Prevention Theme 2008

Fire Safety Education in the Schools

GET FIRE SAFE AT HOME! Checking your smoke detectors once a month and making sure that all exit routes out of your home are clear from clutter are just a couple tips that could make your home safer!

Fifth Grade In the fifth grade we begin to talk about consequences and choices, as it relates to fire safety. Students are introduced to Gordon, a young man who was burned as a result of playing with fire. Students watch and listen to Gordon’s experiences and learn from the choices Gordon made. Following the video, the children are encouraged to talk about what they just watched and the presenter will lead a discussion on making good choices and the importance of not playing with fire.

The National Fire Protection Association theme for 2008 is “Prevent Home Fires”. According to NFPA Fire Departments respond to over 400,000 home fires each year and many of these fires could have been prevented by following a few simple tips. A full list of simple things you can do around your home is available by visiting the NFPA website at

For more information on fire safety visit us at or check out the NFPA web page at

San Ramon Valley Fire Prevention Division 925.838.6626

Fire Safety Education Program The best way to stop a fire, is to never let one start! San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District takes a proactive approach to fire prevention by bringing a complete Fire Safety curriculum to schools throughout the district. Fire Prevention Specialists visit each elementary school to present fire and life safety tips and talk with students about protecting themselves through preparedness and action, if an emergency should occur. The following brochure outlines the curriculum for each grade level. If you have any questions regarding the Fire Safety presentations coming to your school, please contact us at 925.838.6626.

Instructors San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has two full time Fire Prevention Specialists who deliver educational programs to our community.

Joyce Castro has been with the Fire District for

over twelve years. She has completed several State Fire Marshal classes in Public Education and Fire Prevention. Joyce just returned from the National Fire Academy and is excited to bring what she has learned to each of her presentations.

Kim French has been working with children and teaching for over eleven years. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s college and completed her Masters work at San Francisco State. Kim has a passion for keeping children safe through education.

Both of our Specialists are eager to teach fire safety again this season and look forward to another great school year.


Second Grade In the second grade students will learn the importance of EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home). Donald Duck and his friends bring Fire drills in the home to life in this charming educational video.

A curriculum for grade level K – 5th has been developed to meet the needs of each age group. Teaching aids such as videos and props are used to enhance the presentations. Below you will find a brief outline of each lesson.

Kindergarten Kindergarten students will learn and demonstrate 3 fire safety concepts. First they will learn what constitutes an emergency and what number to call if an emergency should present itself. Second, students will learn that lighters and matches are “tools” for adults and not “toys” for children. Finally students will demonstrate the proper method to perform “Stop, Drop, & Roll”.

First Grade In first grade we introduce “Sparky’s ABC’s of Fire Safety”, this fun animated cartoon illustrates the importance of having smoke detectors in your home, crawling low under smoke and having two ways out of each room. The presenter will reinforce concepts learned in previous classes, such as “Stop, Drop and Roll”, and lighters and matches are tools not toys. The concept of “Get Out and Stay Out” will be introduced and children will be encouraged to share what they learned from the video and to ask questions of the presenter.

Presenters will speak to the significance of making and practicing an escape plan at home. Students will learn to develop a meeting place with their families and how to be prepared in the event of a fire in their home.

Third Grade Third graders are invited to explore our interactive Hazard House. This three dimensional house displays hazards and encourages students to share with the class how they would make each room safer. The Hazard House reinforces many of the concepts learned in past classes, such as crawl low under smoke, get out and stay out, sleeping with your door closed, having a meeting place and the importance of having smoke detectors in the home. The Hazard House presentation also introduces what to do in the event of a grease fire in the kitchen and safe practices with electrical appliances around water. This class is a favorite among students and presenters.