• Children and Schools

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    Please note that the majority of our school programs are presented by administrative staff responsible for education, outreach and community risk reduction.

    Thank you for your interest in the Bellevue Fire Department’s “Red Hot Ride to School” auction item donation program.

    Due to the overwhelming number of requests each year, coupled with staffing and budget constraints, it is necessary to limit the number of auction items that can be donated. We have authorized a total of six “Red Hot Ride to School” certificates to be awarded each calendar year.

    One of the certificates is designated for use during our annual Open House (the second week of October each year). This item will be raffled off by way of a drawing that children can enter by completing a home fire escape plan at any of our stations. Please visit our Home page this fall or follow us on social media for more information on date and time of the Open House at your neighborhood fire station.

    The remaining five certificates (auction items) will be provided to nonprofits within the Bellevue Fire Department’s service area. Each request for an auction item shall be made to the Bellevue Fire Community Liaison Office, via USPS mail, postmarked AFTER January 1st. Documentation must be provided identifying your organization's 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Each organization may only request one auction item, and a certificate will not be given to the same organization in consecutive years.

    For more information please feel free to contact us directly.

    Children often emulate adult behavior without the understanding of potential consequences. A simple act of lighting a fire or birthday candle can look harmless to an observing child. The Hands Off Matches and Lighters lesson emphasizes the important difference between tools and toys and uses positive reinforcement to reiterate that matches and lighters should only be used by adults.

    Target Audience: Pre-K
    (This can be modified to burn prevention for higher grades)

    30 minutes

    Children in fires sometimes hide from firefighters because they either look scary, sound scary, or the children - already fearful - don't recognize that they are there to help. Firefighters are our Friends focus on the role of a firefighter as a community helper. At the end of this class, students will be familiar with special gear worn by firefighters, have a clearer understanding of the role of a firefighter and be able to demonstrate basic fire safety behavior.

    Target Audience: Pre-K to Grade 2

    30-45 minutes

    No Dragons for Tea utilizes an age appropriate storybook to address key fire safety lessons in a non-threatening, empowering and relatable manner. At the end of this class students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of 9-1-1 and when to call, recognize the sound of a smoke alarm and express familiarity with basic fire safety behaviors.

    Target Audience: Pre-K to Grade 2

    30-45 minutes

    More than half of home fire deaths occur at night, when people are least prepared and less responsive to stimuli. Home fires can present unnecessary disasters if residents do not know appropriate actions to take to safety exit a building or shelter in place. This class focuses on maintaining working smoke alarms, how to create a home escape plan that incorporates all household members and stresses the importance of practicing evacuation drills.

    Target audience: Grade 2 and above

    30-60 minutes

    If you live in Bellevue and your child has played with fire, deliberately set a fire or you are unsure how to teach your child about fire safety, the Bellevue Fire Department can help. It is important to take the early signs of fire-setting seriously.

    Through our youth firesetting intervention and prevention program, trained personnel can assess fire setting behaviors, provide free fire safety education and recommend additional assistance if needed. Please contact us for more information.

    For your guidance, the Fire Department offers the following:

    Fire Setting

    Fire setting is the term used to describe the behavior of children who have begun to use fire in a way that is dangerous or not approved by a parent or caregiver. A fire setter does not necessarily have a problem, he or she needs additional education about the danger and proper uses of fire. Through education, and in some cases counseling, children can gain the skills to change this dangerous behavior.

    When fire setting goes beyond what you are able to deal with, call your local fire department. The Bellevue Fire Department can provide fire safety education for your family. Do not put off dealing with this behavior. Fire is a devastating and deadly force.

    Motivations for Fire Setting

    By determining the motivation for the fire setting, we can best determine how to deal with it. Most children fall into the following classifications.


    About 70 percent of fire setters are in this group. The child is curious. The opportunity is there because the child has access to fire tools and is not supervised. He or she decides to “see what fire will do.” These children typically don’t think about or understand the danger of their actions.


    Reactionary fire setters are usually older, upset about something and not very good at expressing themselves. They typically light a fire as a way to let grownups know they need help. Their fire setting is in reaction to a problem.

    Delinquent Behavior

    Usually teenagers, delinquent fire setters light fires for many reasons. Most of the time, it’s a prank or because of a dare. Sometimes it’s to cover up other crimes like vandalism or theft. Most fire setters in this group don’t realize they are breaking the law and could go to jail.

    What you can do:

    • Set a good example. If you smoke, be responsible in your use of matches and lighters. Children learn by watching you.
    • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s sight and reach. Even toddlers can use lighters and matches to start a fire.
    • Teach your children that if their clothing catches fire, they should not run, but “stop, drop and roll.” They should immediately stop what they're doing, drop to the floor and roll over and over until the fire is out.
    • Teach children the safe and proper ways to use fire. Be sure they understand it should be used by a responsible grown-up.
    • Smoke alarms save lives. Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your house, and practice your family escape plan.
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