Fire Safety Awareness Events
BFES hosts events throughout the year that promote fire and life safety education. These events provide an opportunity for families, individuals and people of all ages to learn about fire and life safety with the help and support of Barrie Fire staff.
To raise awareness about the importance of testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, the Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids team up on the “Push 2 Buttons!” campaign every spring and fall.
The campaign encourages everyone in the community to test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, with the goal of testing as many alarms as possible. The campaign takes place for two weeks every spring and fall when the clocks change.
Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives. This campaign is a fun way to remind everyone about the importance of regularly testing their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. When you change your clocks it’s time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms too.
Kids are encouraged to get involved and ‘push 2 buttons’ with their parents’ help to hear if the alarms are working. They can then go to www.tvokids.com to enter the number of alarms they’ve tested and the number will be added to TVOKids “Push 2 Buttons!” counter. Kids will also be able to print a special “Push 2 Buttons!” certificate.
FPW is observed annually on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls. In 2022, FPW takes place October 9-15, 2022. BFES recognizes the week through education and awareness campaigns and events.
Beat the silent killer. In 2014, the Province declared the first week in November as the Official Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.
Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed in 2014, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes. Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government's plan to keep Ontario families safe.
This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, is led by fire services across the province. BFES hosts events to spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings.
- Over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.
- The Ontario Building Code requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes and other residential buildings built after 2001.
- 60% of Canadians do not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed in their house and 44% do not have their heating systems checked annually.
- There is an increased risk of CO poisoning during the colder seasons when we spend more time indoors increasing our use of gas heaters, fireplaces, and other gadgets to beat the cold.
- Without proper maintenance, appliances such as furnaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues, and gas ranges can produce CO from the incomplete burning of fuels such as natural gas, wood, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, or charcoal.
- CO leaks are undetectable. It is a poisonous gas you cannot see, taste or smell and is often referred to as the “silent killer”. It causes flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness, and even loss of consciousness. In very severe cases, CO poisoning can result in brain damage and death.
Station Tours & Truck Visits
Station tours can be booked at any one of our five stations, and trucks can visit your location.
"Thanks to the very kind firemen who showed us around this morning. My grandsons, Dylan and Jordan, loved seeing the trucks and especially the hovercraft. On the way home Dylan decided he was going to be a fireman when he grows up. And they loved all the goodies they got to take home. Thank you again!"
- Kathi S. (October 2019)
BFES also hosts an open house at headquarters during Fire Prevention Week each October. It's a great community event offering the public a chance to participate in activities, watch a movie, check out fire safety displays, play in a bouncy castle, get a picture with Sparky, enjoy a hot dog with firefighters, and get fire prevention questions answered.
Station tours involve a tour through the fire hall, including a view of trucks, equipment, and gear. Station 1 (headquarters) is the largest and includes a heritage museum; these tours run 45–60 minutes, depending on the number of visitors and questions. Stations 2, 3, 4, and 5 are smaller stations located in outlying areas, but tours (approx. 30 minutes) are still interesting!
Truck visits include showing the truck equipment, conducting a truck tour, and Q&A. A truck can visit community events, charitable events, and school and community groups. We can’t accommodate every request, but we try our best! Trucks are approved to leave their station for a one-hour period. Firefighters are on duty, so they may need to leave the location at any time.
To book a station tour or truck visit, please provide the following information to email@example.com or (705) 728-3199
- Number of children and their ages
- Number of adults
1 adult required per five children 5–12 years of age
- Date requested (minimum three weeks' notice)
- Time requested
- Name of contact person
- Organization phone number & e-mail address
- For station tours: Address of fire station
- For truck visits: Address of your location or address of event
Fire trucks attend public events for a maximum of one hour.
Note: Due to the increased demand for our services, priority for requests of truck visits and stations tours will be given to schools that are participating in our educational Travelling Sparky Program. When we schedule a request, the firefighters may have to respond to an emergency, therefore we do not guarantee availability.
Fire Safety Programs
Barrie Fire and Emergency Service teaches people of all ages how to make responsible choices regarding health and safety. One of our most important commitments is to give people the knowledge and skills they need to lead safer lives.
If you have a group that is interested in a fire safety program not listed here, please contact our Fire Prevention staff at (705) 728-3199 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to tailor an educational program for you!
Child & Youth Fire Safety Programs
If your child or teenager is involved in fire-play or fire setting, you are not alone. Many children and teenagers have a fascination with fire. Fire-play can be many things, including playing with fire starters like matches and lighters, burning items and more. It’s important to understand that while curiosity about fire is natural, fire-play can be dangerous. Unfortunately many children die or are injured in fires they start themselves.
TAPP-C is free of charge and available to children aged 2–17 years. The TAPP-C program brings together fire service and counselling professionals to help families deal with children and teens involved in fire-play. BFES personnel educate children and their families about fire-safety practices. Counselling professionals assess the risk of continued fire involvement and help children and families deal with issues that may contribute to fire setting. Contact email@example.com to speak with one of our TAPP-C experts. You can also get more information and find a mental health expert in your area by visiting www.tapp-c.ca.
play safe! be safe! is an award-winning fire safety education program created especially for children ages 3–5, developed by BIC Corporation in cooperation with educators and fire safety experts. In 2014, BFES hosted a play safe! be safe! workshop for daycare centres in Simcoe County. If you would like to book a visit to support the program or to learn more, please call 705-728-3199.
"This is such an integral and important program. We really appreciate the participation of the City of Barrie Fire and Emergency Service with this initiative." – Laura S., Steele Street Public School
Travelling Sparky is available to Grade One classes and has been running in Barrie since the fall of 2010. Fire staff visit the schools in September and drop off a package for each participating classroom, consisting of:
- 1 Sparky Picture
- 1 Scrap Book (Manila Tag Paper)
- 1 Barrie Fire & Emergency Service Tote Bag
- 30 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, drawings and writing. Firefighters visit in the spring after each student has spent a week with Sparky. During the spring visit, firefighters review the students’ scrap book, 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 students’ chances of experiencing a fire and will address smoke alarm issues in the family’s home. Register for Travelling Sparky (PDF).
Learn Not to Burn has served as the pillar of NFPA educational programs for more than 40 years. LNTB programs reach children using proven educational strategies that incorporate 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.
The LNTB pre-school program is designed to teach eight basic fire and burn-prevention behaviours to children in pre-school and daycare centres (age 3–5 years), using songs, games and activities. The lessons are short, simple and encourage active participation. The program includes a 60-page teacher's guide that features detailed lesson plans, fire safety background information, letters to parents and reproducible colouring sheets.
Based on the Learn Not to Burn principals, our Fire Safety Education program for Girl Guides and Scouts Canada is a two-part program:
Part 1: A Fire Prevention Officer will visit the group at their regular meeting location and cover eight basic fire and burn-prevention principles. The groups will be left with a fire safety homework assignment, home escape plan and fire drill.
Part 2: A review of the home escape plans and discussion about the fire drill at the fire station, followed up by a station tour. Any participant that brings in a completed home escape plan will receive a Learn Not To Burn certificate and will have the information they need to obtain their relevant Fire Safety badge.
Our firefighters will visit your classroom to talk about fire fighting, show off their gear and conduct a fire truck tour.
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.
Would you like to learn about fire safety? Do you have a group that meets that would benefit from a fire safety and survival presentation? Barrie Fire would love to come to you and share information about fire Prevention, Detection, and Escape.
For details regarding this free service please contact us. When calling or e-mailing, please provide the following information:
- Your contact information including name and telephone number
- The name of the group or organization
- The address where the presentation would take place
- Approximate number of people that would attend
- Indicate if you have specific fire safety information needs, and
- Indicate a suggested date and time keeping in mind that a presentation can take one to two hours depending on the group, and two weeks notice would be appreciated.
If there is a fire in your neighbourhood, you may get a visit from the fire department. During an After the Fire blitz, BFES staff canvass the immediate area shortly afterwards to talk about lessons that can be learned. In addition to checking smoke and CO alarms, crews encourage residents to have two ways out of their homes, imparting the importance of practicing escape routes with all family members. Homeowners receive a “Don’t Push Your Luck – Push the Button” bag full of lifesaving information.
Remembering When™ was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. If you would like to have a Remembering When presentation to your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering When is centered around 16 key safety messages — eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention— developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program targets a range of older adults and is meant to be appealing to active seniors. Learn more in the Remembering When Program Safety Checklist (PDF).