Community Relations is a division of Fire & Rescue under the Community Safety Section and provides fire prevention and safety programs and information to the public. Community Relations consists of two branches - public education and public information.
Public Information is responsible for creating and distributing fire & rescue related information internally and to the public through various media outlets. The Public Information Office responds to community inquiries regarding fire and rescue incidents; partners with various media sources in providing information to the public; responds to community inquiries regarding fire and rescue incidents; providing information to the public regarding departmental changes and events; providing speakers for fire and injury prevention presentations and partner with various media sources in providing information to the public.
For more information contact:
Kim Y. Hylander
Public Information Specialist
Public Education is responsible for developing and delivering fire and harm prevention programs using innovative educational tools and resources. This branch works with the Operations Section and community volunteers. Programs include:
- Prince William Community Safe Kids Coalition - Child Passenger Safety Seats - Ensures through education, training, enforcement, outreach and legislation that all children from birth to age 16 are properly restrained in the correct restraint system every time they travel in a motor vehicle. The coalition holds car safety seat inspections on a regular basis in the community. Inspectors review child seats educate parents on the needed changes for correct installation, and document changes and final inspections to citizens that make appointments for this service. For additional information call 703-792-7736.
- Fire Safety Second Grade Program - This is a free educational program in which 58 elementary schools in Prince William County are visited by firefighters from their local fire station. Second grade students receive life saving lessons in fire prevention and fire protection. The program is planning to add home school students and private schools in the near future. Teachers should call 703-792-7736 to be added to the roster of elementary schools. Lessons include: Stop, Drop and Roll; When to call 9-1-1; Do Not Play with Fire; Cooking Safety and Electrical Safety.
- Smoke Alarm Program - This is a free prevention and educational program. Call 703-792-7736 to request that your alarms be checked or that alarms be installed in your home. On-going programs also target high risk groups including senior citizens families with children families in older homes (built before 1984) and families with special needs.
During the alarm inspection or installation citizens are educated about:
- How and where to install smoke alarms
- When to test smoke alarms
- When to change smoke alarm batteries
- What a smoke alarm sounds like when working properly
- What a smoke alarm sounds like when the batteries are low
- Creating and practicing an escape plan in case of a home fire
- Kitchen fire safety
For more information contact:
Robert T. Wall
Public Education Coordinator