Fire Safety Education, Programs and Poster Contest
The Maple Grove Fire-Rescue Department provides an extensive fire prevention education program in the community. The deputy fire marshal and members of the fire department work together on the programs. Standardized fire safety programs are conducted each year in 11 elementary schools for grades K, 1, 4, and 5 and for grade 7 at the junior high.
Fire Safety Education:
- Candle Safety
- Carbon Monoxide Information
- FEMA for Kids
- Sparky's Firehouse
- Fire Safe Kids
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety
- National Wildlife Federation - Forest Fires
- Smoke Alarm FAQs (.PDF)
- Electrical Safety Resources
SENIOR SMOKE ALARM AND BATTERY REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
The Maple Grove Fire Department (MGFD) has established a program to help seniors ensure that they have working smoke alarms in their home. MGFD will change out smoke alarm batteries free of charge thanks to a grant from ENERGIZER battery provided that the smoke alarms are less than 10 years old. Please click here for more information.
4th Grade Fire Safety Poster Contest
Special programs, such as fire extinguisher training and fire drills, are conducted for private and commercial day care providers, senior citizens, and area businesses.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Upon request, the department will set up a fire extinguisher demonstration for businesses, neighborhoods, community groups, and babysitting classes.
To schedule training, call 763-494-6090.
There are many different types or classes of extinguishers (.PDF).
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program
The Maple Grove Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program is an educational intervention program. It is not intended to employ scare tactics, intimidate, or punish. Our program is designed to teach youngsters the facts about fire, as well as the consequences of fire setting behavior. By instilling a general respect for fire, we find that most youngsters will stop their fire setting/fire play behavior.
The assessment is from the United States Fire Administration and helps determine the motivation for fire play/fire setting. This can range from curiosity, delinquent, to crisis fire setting/fire play. Once the motivation for fire play/fire setting is determined, a program is set up for the child or a referral to another agency may be recommended.
The program is free to all Maple Grove residents. The child’s knowledge of fire safety and their attitude determine the number of necessary sessions. The average number of sessions is three to five, generally lasting from 45 minutes to one hour in length. After the initial session, parents are encouraged to attend with their child but their attendance is not mandatory.
Fire safety films are viewed each session; a pre-test and post-test are given to determine fire safety knowledge. The program is taught at an age-appropriate level for each child. Assignments are given during each session and include some that are family-oriented.
The City of Maple Grove feels that educational intervention through the Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program is a positive way to stop fire play/fire setting behavior. Please contact us at 763-494-6090 for additional information.