Firefighters in Safety Education

FISE provides free burn prevention education and materials to thousands of elementary aged school children every year.  Our goal is to bring burn prevention to “each child, each year” in schools and in the students’ native languages. The FISE program is a 30-minute presentation taught by firefighters who volunteer to be trained and to bring lifesaving information to their communities.  Since 2001, FISE has partnered with 13 Fire Departments to educate over 150,000 students, including around 10,000 students in the San Francisco School District annually.

  • Smoke Alarm demonstration and reminder to change batteries and purchase for each room in the students’ households.
  • Get Low & Go teaches kids to drop under the smoke of a fire to find an exit.
  • Stop Drop & Roll first introduced into the schools by AARBF in 1972, Stop Drop & Roll is the most effective method of extinguishing a fire on the body.
  • Cool-A-Burn corrects misinformation learned by children in many households. Burns are best treated by cool water for 3-5 minutes.
  • Toys Vs Tools encourages students to consider matches and lighters as adult tools rather than toys.
  • Students are taught when and How to Dial 9-1-1 from their home phones and to stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  • High-Five A Firefighter is an invaluable lesson that teaches students what a firefighter looks like in full gear including face mask and oxygen tank. During a fire, young children have exhibited fear when a firefighter approaches and have been shown to run from emergency personnel and hide.

The FISE Program measures success through pre- and post-tests. With our Virtual FISE Program, using one link, you will begin with the pre-test, view the video presentation of the seven prevention components, and then take the post-test. We encourage you to incorporate these important safety lessons into your virtual learning.

Click here to for the Full FISE program and tests.


Thank you to all of our program sponsors who have helped to bring this life-saving education to the children of California, with a special thank you to the Masons of California for their support.

Partner Fire Departments