PROGRAMS BY GRADE LEVEL
The Fire Department is very active in all of the schools and daycare facilities throughout Mount Prospect. We utilize a program that progressively builds upon fire safety concepts and lessons as students progress through each grade level. We continually evaluate and change our programs to meet the needs of local schools and daycare facilities.
The following provides an overview of the programs offered in each grade level:
- Kindergarten: Friendly Firefighter – Students learn about the special clothing that firefighters and paramedics wear when responding to fires and providing emergency medical service.
- First Grade: Friendly Firefighter – Students take a more detailed look at special firefighting clothing and discuss and practice Stop, Drop and Roll. They also learn about items at homes that are dangerous to touch.
- Second Grade: Home Safety - Students discuss home safety by using the using the fire safety trailer. Lessons include calling 9-1-1, kitchen safety, fire alarm usage and having two ways out of their house. Students also practice checking a door for heat, finding a second way out of their house and going to their “meeting place.”
- Third Grade: Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.) – Students discuss and prepare a home escape plan with two ways to exit their house. They also become "house detectives" by looking at a home and discussing possible causes of fires. Students learn how to become a detective at their own home.
- Fourth Grade: The Fire Triangle and How Things Burn - Students learn about simple burns and first-aid for 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns. They discuss kitchen safety tips, focusing on how to be safe around the stove and microwave. Students also learn about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and how fire sprinklers work.
- Fifth Grade: Severe Weather - Students experience a “simulated” tornado in the fire safety trailer and review safety steps in the event of severe weather.
CHILDREN'S FIRE SAFETY FESTIVAL
The Mount Prospect Fire Department conducts the Children's Fire Safety Festival annually around the first week in May.
The goal of the festival is to provide students with an entertaining and educational experience about fire safety practices. During a child’s trip to the festival they will practice Stop, Drop and Roll, Exit Drills in the Home (E.D.I.T.H.), learn about the sounds a smoke alarm makes, meet firefighters, learn about their protective clothing and more!
All Mount Prospect residents are welcome to attend! Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253.
FIRE STATION TOURS
The Mount Prospect Fire Department welcomes visitors to its three fire stations. Station tours are available Monday through Friday by appointment only. It is important to schedule the tours to make sure that someone is available to accommodate your group or organization. Tours last between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the age level of the visitors and the number in your group.
To request a station tour, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847/818-5253. Please mention if accommodations will be required for any of the visitors. Please note: All of our vehicles may not be present at the station during your tour as our firefighters respond to calls 24 hours a day.
FIRE SAFETY TRAILER
The Mount Prospect Fire Department's fire safety trailer provides numerous opportunities for both children and adults to learn about fire safety and severe weather preparedness.
While Fire Department personnel utilize the trailer primarily in the local elementary schools, residents will also see it at numerous community events throughout the year. The trailer is designed to simulate a house, complete with both a bedroom and kitchen. Thanks to recent grant funds, the trailer also has a new audio-visual system which allows us to practice severe weather safety during a "simulated" tornado.
FIRE PREVENTION POSTER & ESSAY CONTEST
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Fire Department hosts a school wide poster and essay contest each October. To enter the contest, students are asked to draw a poster or write a short essay on the year's fire prevention theme. In addition, a plaque is presented each year to the school that has the highest number of entries. Each year the number of students that participate grows! Every participant receives a ribbon and the overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each grade level are recognized at a Village Board meeting by the Mayor and Trustees.