Fire Prevention Campaign 2014
TFD has been fighting fires and responding to emergencies for more than 100 years. Fire prevention has always been a top priority. As early as 1843, the City enacted building ordinances that required all buildings in Tallahassee to be constructed of fireproof material. This was in response to the "Great Fire of 1843" that destroyed almost all of downtown Tallahassee, a business district of more than 90 structures.
Whenever there is a fire, there is a chance that someone may be injured or in extreme circumstances die. Most deaths occur in homes without properly placed or maintained smoke alarms. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
That is why this year, TFD along with partners from the Red Cross and State Fire Marshal's office, will engage our community in a proactive effort to test and install smoke alarms. Our theme is "Where's the Beep?" and the month long campaign will include more than 60 presentations and public education displays at schools, community centers, neighborhoods and local events. We will also lead a door to door campaign in the Apalachee Ridge neighborhood, where a high fire occurrence has been identified with hopes of reaching over 600 residents.
The Tallahassee Fire Department and its partners are committed to providing for the safety and welfare of our community with this year's campaign and we hope you and your family take part in the many educational opportunities being provided.
October 3, 5:00pm - Downtown Get Down Public Education Booth with Sparky the Fire Dog
October 4, 10:00am - Home Depot Capital Circle NE Fire Safety Display
October 5, 10:00am - Open House Power Day at Hopkins Power Plant- Fire Safety Display
October 6, 11:00am - Kick-off event at Apalachee Ridge Technology Center 937 Kendall Drive with Sparky the Fire Dog
October 8, 4:00pm - Fire Prevention Proclamation at City of Tallahassee City Commission Meeting at City Hall with Public Education Booth and Sparky the Fire Dog
October 11, 8:00am - Big Bend Heart Walk at Tom Brown Park- Fire Safety Display
October 19, 11:00am - American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Cascades Park- Fire Safety Display
October 20, 9:00am - Apalachee Ridge Neighborhood door to door Fire Safety Canvasing and outreach. Volunteer staging will be at the Jack McLean Community Center located at 700 Paul Russell Road. Email Katie Sherk at email@example.com for volunteer information.
October 24, 7:00pm - Tallahassee Animal Service Center Howl at the Moon- Fire Safety Display located at 1125 Easterwood Drive.
Keep in touch with the campaign through social media and be sure and use the #wheresthebeep hashtag, and be sure to download the informative flyer (PDF).
Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross
Florida State Fire Marshal
National Fire Protection Agency
About the Prevention Division
Preventing fires is just as important as fighting them. At the Tallahassee Fire Department, that philosophy is front and center within the Prevention Division, led by Division Chief Bill Ekwall.
Each year, the personnel within Prevention interact with more than 2500 local businesses and places of assembly, including schools and churches, to ensure fire safety for the public as well as the employees who work there. Our inspectors inspect for compliance with all life safety and current NFPA fire codes.
During an inspection, TFD will evaluate whether conditions at a business site are safe or if there are issues that are liable to cause a fire or endanger lives and property as a result of fire. If these conditions do exist, TFD will advise the business immediately and consult with the owner/manager or designee about correcting these problems in a reasonable timeframe so the business will be safer and in compliance with fire codes.
Prevention also oversees the fulfillment of the department's home fire safety program with the free install of smoke detectors to elderly and low income citizens. Public education and outreach regarding home fire safety is another responsibility of Prevention. This programming mainly includes fire safety presentations at public events and local civic groups as well as an annual Fire Prevention Week community event in October.