Public Fire Education Division
Chief Stewart leads a staff of two Public Fire Educators who take the job of fire education very seriously. The functions of the Public Fire Education division include:
- Public Fire Education
- Get Alarmed – Smoke Alarm Program
- Home Safety Survey Program
- Industrial Fire Safety Training
- Industrial Fire Brigade Training
- Fire Explorer Program
- Youth Fire Setters Prevention and Intervention
- Serve on the state Public Fire Education board as one of the West TN regional representatives
- CPR and Fire Extinguisher training for industrial and city personnel
Coordinator Rico Bryson and Educator Errick Merriweather take great pride in community support through education in courses relating to public fire education for schools, churches, colleges, assisted living facilities, factories and civic organizations throughout the City of Jackson. Through the “Get Alarmed” program, JFD personnel has the opportunity to go into the homes of Jackson residents to install smoke alarms and to educate citizens on a one-on-one basis pertaining to fire safety tips, use of carbon monoxide detectors, home escape planning, proper use of portable fire extinguishers, and to identify hazards within the home through residential safety surveys which distinguish areas of the home that pose a greater risk to residents as it relates to fire and life safety.
Also, the Public Education Division places a focus back on the youth within the community through the Junior Firefighter Program – Explore Post #343 sponsored through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). This program gives the youth who are aspiring to one day join the fire service an opportunity to take a firsthand look at the life and career of a firefighter. Furthermore, this program helps build qualities needed not only to become a good firefighter but an overall productive citizen as well.