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School Visits

Our firefighters will visit your classroom to talk about fire fighting, show off their gear and conduct a fire truck tour.

School Programs

The Barrie Fire and Emergency Service is available to offer advice and assistance with your school fire safety programs. Our Public Fire and Life Safety Officer will work with the teachers/school on a program that would suit the needs of the students and the event.

The Fire Safety presentation will be built on the Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) has served as the pillar of NFPA educational programs for more than 40 years. LNTB programs reach children using proven educational strategies that incorporate NFPA’s philosophy of teaching positive, practical fire safety messaging.

LNTB® focuses on teaching 22 key fire safety behaviours to children from kindergarten to grade 8 through the core curriculum in their classrooms.

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Travelling Sparky Program

We are happy to be entering our 7th successful year of our, “Sparky the Travelling Fire Dog” program, offered to all grade 1 students in the City of Barrie. The program runs from October – June. For registration information, please call 705-728-3199 or email

This program focuses on Grade One Classes and has been running across the city since the fall of 2010. Our Barrie Firefighters will visit the classrooms during the month of September and drop off a package to each Grade 1 classroom which will consist of:

• One Sparky Stuffed Toy
• One Scrap Book (Manila Tag Paper)
• One Barrie Fire & Emergency Service Tote Bag
• 35 Fire Safety Checklists

Each child will have an opportunity to take Sparky home, complete the fire safety checklist with their family and record the experience onto two pages of the scrap book through pictures, drawing and writing. Our Firefighters will return in the spring after each student has spent a week with Sparky. During our spring visit, the Barrie Firefighters will review the student’s scrapbook, talk about firefighting, show off the gear and conduct a fire truck tour.

This program covers reading, writing, art, community helpers, health, public speaking, family involvement and adds a little excitement in the classroom towards the end of the school year. Most importantly, the program will reduce the student’s chances of experiencing a fire and will also ensure the family has the early warning if a fire should occur by checking and addressing smoke alarm issues in the family’s home. Register for Travelling Sparky.

Frequently Asked Questions
My kids attend a french school, or are enrolled in a french program at their school, are we able to get a french firefighter to present the teaching plan?

We can co-ordinate a presentation in French. We would ask that you make this specific request in advance, as we will have to co-ordinate scheduling with one of our french speaking firefighters.

Are we able to request a Life Safety Officer to come to the classroom to speak on fire safety?

We are always available to talk about fire safety, to any age group. Please contact our administration office at 705-728-3199, or email to

Are we able to obtain fire safety materials throughout the school year?

You may call our office and speak to the Public Fire and Life Safety Officer regarding your needs and she will be able to provide you the information you require.

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