Saving life and property is our number one priority as a fire department. Educating and teaching the public on fire safety, preparedness, and how to properly respond to an emergency not only can help save lives and property, but may prevent the emergency.
Harlem-Roscoe Fire personnel visit schools, businesses, churches, preschools, daycares, and other groups year-round. They give fire safety talks, fire extinguisher classes, CPR classes, etc. Tours of the station are welcomed year-round as well.
Fire Prevention Week in October is a highlight for the department. Fire drills and safety and preparedness talks are given at all the schools in the district. Some of the schools have had us use stage smoke to further impress the need of fire safety to the students. The week is ended with an Open House and activities at each of the Fire Stations. We truly believe that Fire Prevention education to the young is the greatest potential value to the fire service.
The department has several fire prevention aids for use with children to make learning fun. We also have the Smoke House - a three room trailer used to simulate real fire situations in teaching children as well as adults what to do in an emergency. You may see one or all of these at local parades, National Night Out, the Roscoe Fall Festival, tours of the station, and local communtiy events.