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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Fifth Grade Fire Safety Education Program

The Fire Safety Education Program (F.S.E.P.) was implemented into the Richmond Public Schools by the Richmond Fire Department in September 1980. Recognizing the increase in fire events and fire deaths on the national, state and local levels, the Fire Marshal realized that very little could be done to reduce national and state statistics, but there was plenty to be done for Richmond.

Information was gathered from Baltimore, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Jersey City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles because the program was already instituted in their schools. The fifth grade was the target group based on a general consensus of all the fire safety educators.

Since 1980, more than 65,000 students in the Richmond Public Schools have received instruction through this program. The implementation of the F.S.E.P has proven to be invaluable asset for the Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Public Schools in educating, motivating and better informing students on fire and life safety.

The F.S.E.P. consists of the following:

  • Written pre-test
  • Four classroom presentations
  • Two homework assignments
  • Written post-test

Each student receives a Fifth Grade Student Resource Manual that includes an overview of the F.S.E.P. program and important material to support the classroom presentations.

Success is not only noted in the grades the students receive but a clear understanding of the life lessons learned. Over the years, numerous graduates of the program have utilized their knowledge to positively impact emergency incidents in our community.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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