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District 5 Year Plan -

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Public Education

Risk assessment is a tool used to create and implement public education programs.  Tailored to the community, programs use data, best practice methods, and research as the platform for program development and delivery.   Partnerships, time, and personnel are necesssary components to provide consistent and relevant public safety programs.  Lewis County Fire District #5 is committed to providing public safety education within the community, utlizing as many delivery methods and programs as possible in order to meet community needs and expectations.

Fire Prevention week is traditionally observed the first full week in October.  Lewis County Fire District 5 personnel provide public education support at the Southwest Washington Fair in August, Safety City at the end of October, and during fire prevention week activities like the county-wide fire prevention poster contest.  FD05 partners with Napavine Elementary, Sweeney's Ace Hardware, and Energizer to provide a consistent public safety message about smoke alarms, practicing exit drills, as well as "change the clock - change the battery" emphasis.  The National Fire Protection Association website includes interactive children's pages and feature Sparky the fire dog.  www.sparky.org/ USFA has a FEMA website link which also provides coloring pages, fun family activities, and interactive games.

Public Education in the fire service encompasses a wide variety of subjects and includes every age group.  Public Safety education continues to change based upon a number of factors.  Community needs assessments, call types, and funding are critical elements in providing necessary information and educational tools within our service area. Fire District 5 has invested time and personnel in providing outreach related to urban wild fire mitigation by providing educational materials to facilitate protecting homes and property in areas with greater danger, risk, and wildland fire potential.  The FIREWISE program is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.

Addresses in a rural community can be problematic for a number of reasons.  Poorly addressed private roads create unnecessary difficulty for first responders.  Overgrown landscaping, poor lighting, or lack of address signs can adversely impact the ability of responders to find an address in an emergency.  Please call our office and ask about address signs.

Lewis County Fire District 5 enjoys a lengthy partnership with the Napavine School District Napavine Elementary students participate in the Fire Prevention Poster contest annually, and in other Fire Prevention week activities.  Napavine Elementary students also tour "Safety City", which is a community program highlighting student safety - This program has been a cornerstone of public safety education for over 25 years.  With recently updated props, Safety City features a tour conducted by Public Safety officials - law, fire, EMS, and dispatch through a miniature "City" with working crosswalks, railroad crossings, and other easily recognizable buildings and signage.  In 2008, Napavine High School and Fire District 5 partnered to provide a mock DUI program for High School students.  The leadership class created a video, provided participants, and helped highlight the dangers and potential consequences associated with driving under the influence.  Peer support and participation from the Leadership class was critical in the success of the program.  If you have any questions, or would like to speak with someone about public safety programs, please contact our office. Necessary for success in any public safety program is community business support.  District 5 has appreciated the support of local businesses who have provided vehicles for the Mock DUI, and for training.  Special thanks to the local ACE hardware store for assisting with supplies for public education, and to Energizer, and Batteries Plus for providing batteries for pub ed programs.