Pacific County Fire District No. 1

Community Education

Community Safety Division

Our Mission : Committing knowledge and resources to the improvement of safety for our community and its people.

Primary functions of the Public Education Coordinator include:

Fire Prevention Week

Each year in October during National Fire Prevention week, Pacific County Fire District 1 personnel pays daily visits the students at Ocean Park Elementary School to teach fire safety and fire prevention. The curriculum is developed by Fire District 1, and coordinates with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) theme for the year. Field trips are often arranged during this time for elementary and pre-school aged children to tour the fire station.

Students in all grades are encouraged to make a poster, illustrating what they’ve learned throughout the week, and to work with their families to make an escape plan for their homes. Poster contest winners are chosen from each classroom to ride in a fire engine and have lunch with the firefighters.

Senior Fall Prevention Program

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among seniors 65 years of age and older. Falls are also the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for seniors, threatening their independence, mobility, and safety.

Staggering statistics related to falls among seniors makes senior fall prevention a priority for seniors and the loved ones of seniors.
We know that Senior Citizens are at an increased risk of injury from falls, and that each fall increases the likelihood of another fall occurring. We also know that most Seniors desire the independence to continue living in their own homes, for as long as they are physically able to do so. Pacific County Fire District 1 personnel are committed to educating Seniors about safety and prevention measures that can take in their homes, enabling them to continue to live independently for as long as possible. An in-home safety visit is confidential, free, and available be appointment.

  • Exercise regularly. Do exercises that will increase leg strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. Consider Tai Chi, yoga, and bicycling.
  • Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. You’ll want to reduce or eliminate those that cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Lower your hip fracture risk by getting daily-recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D. and get screened and treated for osteoporosis.
  • Move furniture that’s in your way. Use double-sided tape so throw rugs won’t slip.
  • Pick up items that are on the floor. Coil telephone and electrical wires next to the wall.
  • Keep items off the stairs. Fix loose or uneven steps.
  • Make sure your stairway is lighted and have switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Make sure stair carpeting is secure.
  • Make sure stair handrails are secure and that they’re on both sides the entire length of the stairs.
  • Consider a walk in tub to ensure easy entrance and exit.
  • When using a ladder, make sure both feet and at least one hand are on the ladder.
  • Consider buying an alarm you can activate in the event of a fall.
  • Get up slowly when lying down or sitting, making sure that your path is free from clutter and obstacles.
  • Make sure items in the kitchen are within reach. Do you use a step stool in the kitchen? Make sure it is stable before each use.
  • Place a non-slip mat or strips inside your shower or bathtub to help prevent falls. Installing grab bars further decreases the risk of falling.
  • Use a night light in your bedroom. Make sure there is enough light for you to see inside the bedroom and along the way to the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Do you have throw rugs or loose carpeting? Secure the loose carpeting and use double-sided tape on rugs so that they do not slip.
  • See an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least annually to make sure that you do not have vision issues that increase your risk of falling.

 

Baby Sitting and Classes

Do you feel ready to stay home alone, watch your brothers and sisters while your parents are gone, or babysit for younger children? Then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter®. Safe Sitter® is for young teens in grades 6-8 who are ready to learn the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children.

In addition, Safe Sitter® teaches young teens life and business skills, so that they know how to be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate whether they are babysitting or doing odd jobs for family, friends, or neighbors.

You’ll have fun. You’ll learn a lot. And at the end of the day, you can proudly say, “I am a Safe Sitter®!”

Babysitting Classes Pacific County Fire District 1 is a registered Safe Sitter teaching site. The curriculum includes First Aid and CPR, behavior management, appropriate ways to entertain different age groups, and what to do in an emergency. Classes are planned twice each year to coordinate with the School District schedule: one during the Spring Break, and one at the start of Summer Vacation.

The Safe Sitter Babysitting Class is a 2-day class, which costs $25 per student

Fire Extinguisher Training

Our fire extinguisher training course enables you to manage fire situations in the workplace. Our bespoke training provides you with all the knowledge and practical experience needed to contain a fire at work.

It’s essential that everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher safely and effectively. Our team of trainers have years of experience working in the fire service and are perfectly qualified to improve your fire extinguisher theory and practical experience. Our fire extinguisher training course ensures that your company complies with all relevant regulations.

The course will greatly benefit anyone who may need to operate fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment, the incorrect operation of which is ineffective and can in some cases be dangerous.

As with all our courses the fire extinguisher training we offer is based on the needs of your workplace as determined by your fire risk assessment, as well as your emergency procedures. The course will address all aspects of your risk assessment and ensure that you have the knowledge and understanding to carry out procedures as necessary.

Car Seat Program

Where and when can I get my child’s car seat installed/inspected?
Pacific County Fire District #1 has a car seat technician that inspects and can assist with installation for car seats by appointment only.
What do I need to bring to a car seat inspection if I need a new seat?
The vehicle, the parent or guardian and their ID, the child, the current seat, the payment, and an interpreter if the parent doesn’t speak English.

Do I have to live in Pacific County to get a car seat or have one checked?
We can check anyone’s seat. If you need a seat, you must live in Pacific County. If you live in another county, contact your local Safe Kids Coalition for assistance.

Can I get a car seat checked if I’m still pregnant?
Absolutely! There is no requirement for the child to be present during a car seat check. It is strongly encouraged, but not required. There is no fee for this service.

When can my child turn forward facing?
You want to have your child stay rear facing up to the maximum height and weight of the seat. The longer they stay rear facing, the safer they are in the event of a collision. Children that are younger than 2 and that stay rear facing are 75% less likely to be killed or injured in a vehicle crash.

Most children will need to transition from an infant seat to a convertible seat so that they stay rear facing, then can transition to forward faces once the child reaches the max weight or height of the seat. They cannot forward face prior to one years of age or if they are below 20 lbs per WA State law.

When can my child use a booster seat?
A child needs to pass the 5 step test in order to switch from a harness to booster seat. This usually occurs around 5 or 6 years old. They need to meet the minimum weight and height requirements and be mature enough to sit still and appropriately the entire ride, even when asleep.

The 5 step test is as follows:

  1. Sits all the way back against vehicle seat or back of booster
  2. Knees bend at the edge of the vehicle seat, preferably feet touching the floor
  3. Shoulder belt fits evenly across the collarbone and sits flush with the torso
  4. Lap belt is low on the hips, touching the tops of the thighs
  5. Can stay comfortably seated this way the entire ride

NEVER use a booster seat with lap belt only! It requires a lap and shoulder belt.

When does my child no longer need to use a booster seat?
WA State law, RCW 46.61.687, requires that a child be in some type of child restraint until they Now kids over the age of four but under four-feet, nine-inches tall must use booster seats. That would keep kids in a booster until the ages of ten or twelve.

When can my child sit in the front seat?
WA State law, RCW 46.61.687, requires children to sit in the back seat until they are 13 years old.

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