The Marshall Twp. Volunteer Fire Department offers a wide range of programs to help prepare the community for an emergency. No fees are charged for any of these services, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, email the Community Relations Committee or call 724-935-1230.
Fire Safety Presentations for Schools and Groups
It’s a proven fact that the kindergarten and elementary children we instruct, remember the critical information of how to dial 911, stop drop and roll, and what to do when faced with a crisis situation.
We also come to nursery schools. When a firefighter is dressed in gear, he can look scary. So scary that a child might hide in a real emergency. The program is designed to introduce firemen friends to very young children.
Our Fire Safety House (FiSH) Makes Learning Fun
Fire Safety House (FiSH) is available for larger groups (generally elementary school age). Perfect for school classes, youth organizations like Scouts, and community events. Our mobile FiSH has a living room, kitchen and bedroom which allows children to be immersed in an interactive, fire safety experience.
Fire Safety Tips
Here are some simple ideas for planning your residence in the event of a fire.
- Draw a simple sketch of the floor plan of you home, identify doors and windows.
- Try and find at least two ways out of every room, the primary exit should be a door; a second exit could be a window. If you use a window you may need an escape ladder. Most home improvement centers carry these.
- Before opening any door you should feel the door and knob for heat, use the back of your hand or wrist. If the door is hot do not open it there may be fire on the other side, use your second escape route.
- Don’t walk through the smoke, crawl. Smoke and heat rise, staying low to the floor where the air cooler and more breathable. If you have to crawl down stairs, go feet first. There is less of a chance you will fall.
- Meet at a predetermined place. It should be somewhere easy to remember and away from the house. You could use the neighbor’s house, a telephone pole, or a road sign. Another thing to consider when picking a meeting place is that it should be out of the route of incoming emergency personnel.
- Now call 9-1-1. Try and give the operator as much information as possible.
- NEVER go back into a burning building for anything. Let the professionals handle this task.