Community Outreach & Education Programs

The Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue  Department is committed to providing the community with life safety education by teaching prevention in order to reduce life and property loss in the community. Our Public Education Specialists are available to make presentations to schools, organizations or businesses.  Below are some of the programs that are provided to the community.

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Preschool Program - The purpose of visiting preschools is to educate children about fire and water safety such as matches and lighters are tools not toys, stop, drop and roll, calling 9-1-1 and never go near any body of water without adult supervision.

Car Seat Checks - Every year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Child safety seats, when properly installed, save lives. To assist parents the Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department educates and guides parents through the correct installation of their child safety seat. Seats are inspected by appointment only.

Fire Extinguisher Training - The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property saving tool. However, a majority of adults have not had fire extinguisher training and may not know how and when to use them. Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision making process and this training will help ensure that you have the confidence and skills necessary to take action should a fire occur.

Hands- Only CPR Training - Hands-only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth to mouth contact. It's best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person collapse from sudden cardiac arrest. Hands-only CPR is simpler and easier to remember and studies have shown that being trained in hands-only CPR can make the lifesaving difference.

School Program - Each class is designed to meet the educational, physical ability and reasoning skills of the students. These programs are also appropriate for Scout Groups or After School Programs. Safety topics that are covered include fire safety, water safety, injury prevention, kitchen safety and first aid.

Fire and Fall Prevention for our Older Adult Population - As we get older, we become more vulnerable to falls and fire. The Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department has put together programs to address those needs. We offer presentations that cover slip and fall prevention, cooking safety, smoke alarm maintenance and escape plans.

Adult Programs - The adult program is designed for the homeowner as well as those who live in apartments, townhouses or condos. Topics that are covered include causes of most residential fires, prevention measures, placement of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and drafting and practicing an evacuation plan.

Water Safety - Our water safety program is geared toward safety around all bodies of water. Topics included common causes of drowning and near drownings, prevention measures, the importance of learning CPR and what to do in case of an accident.

Businesses - Many of the nation's annual 5,000 business fires could be prevented if companies and employees followed basic on-the-job safety practices. Topics that are covered include electrical & equipment safety, keeping exits and stairways clear, evacuation plans and fire extinguishers.

Health and Safety Fairs - Public Education Specialists are available to participate in your companies or groups health and safety fair to address a variety of topics including fire safety, water safety, disaster preparedness and child safety.

For more information on these or other programs contact the Public Education Section at (480) 858-7230.

Blood Pressure Checks - Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department personnel are available seven days a week to take blood pressure readings for free. Residents can stop by any of the Tempe fire stations listed below from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Station 1, 1450 E. Apache Boulevard
• Station 2, 3025 S. Hardy Drive
• Station 3, 5440 S. McClintock Drive
• Station 4, 300 E. Elliot Road
• Station 5, 723 E. Curry Road
• Station 6, 655 S. Ash Avenue

Residents should ring the doorbell located near the main entrance of the fire station. No appointment is necessary. There will be times when the firefighters will be out of the station. If the crew is away from the station, check back at a later time or try another station.