Safety Education

Polk County Fire Rescue public education officers offer Polk's residents training and classes on issues such as fire safety, severe weather awareness, disaster preparedness and emergency 9-1-1. Through their training, the education officers help all ages and demographics recognize fire hazards and the necessary safety precautions needed to minimize injury and property damage. Is your civic organization, business, or community is interested in a presentation? If so, please fill out and submit this form, to contact the safety education unit.

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Do you have a working smoke alarm? Polk's firefighters want every home protected. If you are in need of a smoke alarm and cannot afford one, we will supply one to you. If you are unable to install a smoke alarm or check and change the battery we will have a fire crew come to your assistance, free of charge, as a public service.


Rosa LaLonde
Public Education Unit
(863) 519-FIRE (3473)

Public Safety Education Classes Offered:

Remembering When (Fire and Falls Prevention for Older Adults) - more info

At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires or falls compared to the rest of the population. That is why Polk's Fire Rescue offers a series on fire and falls prevention classes for older adults called, Remembering When. This program, designed by the National Fire Protection Association, focuses on the many causes of injury to older residents and how to prevent them. It is centered around 16 key safety messages developed by experts from national and local safety organizations.

Check, Call, Compress (Hands Only CPR) - more info

Check, Call, Compress provides hands only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. This training is presented to neighborhoods and homeowner groups, at no charge, by Polk County Fire Rescue and the Polk County CERT Association. It includes a lecture with PowerPoint presentation, video and hands exercise.

Emergency? 9-1-1 - more info

This program is designed to teach children of all ages how and when to call 9-1-1, what to expect when calling 9-1-1, and encourages callers to know their full name, address and telephone number.

How, When and Why to call 9-1-1 - more info

This program is designed to teach adults how and when to call 9-1-1, what to expect when calling 9-1-1, and encourages callers to know their location.

Friendly Firefighter (Fire Engine Visit) - more info

This program is designed to familiarize children with firefighters and their protective gear. The goal is to create the perception of firefighters as friends and community helpers. Students will learn the pieces of protective gear and how they work to protect each firefighter.

Touch a Truck (Fire Engine or Ambulance Visit) - more info

Fire rescue equipment from your local fire station will come to your event to give attendees a chance to see actual fire equipment up close. Crews will remain available for call-out to other emergencies, but may show off their apparatus while not on an emergency run.

Fire Station Tour - more info

Groups can schedule a visit to the local fire station to have an opportunity to see actual fire equipment up close and where firefighters work and stay. Fire crews will remain available for call-out to other emergencies, but may show off their apparatus while not on an emergency run.

Holiday Fire Safety - more info

During the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we talk about how to have a SAFE and happy holiday season.

Citizen Hurricane Preparedness - more info

This class discusses how residents can prepare their children, pets family and home for hurricane season.

Florida Firewise - more info

For more information on Florida Firewise, contact the Lakeland office of Florida Forestry Service at (863) 648-3152.

Pillowcase Project - more info

The Disney Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 40-60 minute presentation the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community

Safety Smart in the Water! - more info

Basic swimming and water safety rules for kids kindergarten – 5th grade. Learn with Timon and Pumba as they prepare to have fun in the water. This class is considered dry land education, no water/swim lessons are involved.

Fire Extinguisher Training - more info

Polk County Fire Rescue offers a class in how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher. This class is offered free of charge once a quarter. Below are the dates for 2018. Classes are taught at PCFR Headquarters located at 2470 Clower Lane, Bartow. This class will include instructional time, taught by PCFR Fire Personnel, and hands on training using the BullEx Intelligent Training System. Using a controlled, propane-based fire to recreate an incipient stage fire, the I.T.S. is designed to teach the PASS method in the cleanest, safest way possible.

To sign yourself or your group up for a class please email with your name and date choice. Class size is limited, RSVP is required. For your safety we require you to wear closed toed shoes and long pants.

  • Tue 4/17/2018 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mon 7/2/2018 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wed 10/10/2018 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Home Fire Safety - more info

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Family Safety House - more info

The Polk County Fire Rescue Safety House is available to visit schools located in unincorporated Polk to teach children and adults how to safely escape in the event of a fire. Additionally, participants will receive instruction in the proper use of 9-1-1. The Safety House is a mobile classroom setting that accommodates 25 students and classes last approximately 25 minutes.

The Family Safety House cannot operate in inclement weather.

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