Fire Prevention Trailer Donated by The Culinary Institute of America
Public Education Division Officers:
Fire Safety/Public Education Division Officers:
Lt. Christopher Beyer- Fire Safety/Public Education Director (63-91)
Asst. Chief Ray Stretz- Assistant Chief overseeing Program (63-3)
Lt. Wendy Burns- College Campus Fire Safety Coordinator (63-L31)
The Roosevelt Fire District Fire Safety and Public Education Program has been a vital and active part of Hyde Park Community Since 1954.
From the first years, to the birth of “Sparky the Fire Dog” a fire prevention robot received with Grant funding in 2003 by State Senator Steve Saland,
to what the program has evolved into today. The dedicated members of the Fire Safety and Public Education Program strive to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for a safe outcome in the event of a fire or emergency in the home.
Currently, there are approx. 30 active members of the Fire District assigned to various committees within the Fire Safety/Public Education Division.
Fire Safety Education is provided to toddlers in numerous day cares, elementary school children within 2 primary schools in the district and a recently added Adults and Senior Citizen Fire Safety Program for the residents of the district.
We are looking to expand the division with the addition of First Aid and CPR Training District wide, a Junior Fire Cadet Camp and expanding Fire and Public Education with the Secondary and High Schools
Roosevelt Fire Prevention Program has been Awarded The NYS Association Chiefs Best Public Education Program of the Year Congratulations
Thank You Culinary Institute of America
The Districts Fire Prevention Program has been awarded a community education grant in the amount of $ 3500.00 for our fire prevention program from the Culinary Institute of America. This money will be used to purchase a cargo trailer for the program and will fully cover its cost.
Fire Department Teams up with State Senator Steve Saland to Promote Fire Safety
In early September of 2002, Roosevelt Fire Department representatives Chris Petsas and Ted Plass met with State Senator Steve Saland to ask for his assistance to obtain funding for a nearly $9000 fire prevention robot called "Sparky the Fire Dog". (This was under the direction of Roosevelt Fire Chief Lew Darrow and Assistant Chief in charge of fire prevention Roy Hall)
Sparky is an animated miniature fire truck robot used to teach both children and adults the importance of fire safety. Sparky can speak, play music, is mobile, has lights and sirens, can move its head, eyes and mouth and is the leading advocate for the National Fire Protection Agency.
After meeting with the Senator and stressing the importance of promoting fire safety and the need to obtain a more "technologically advanced and interactive" tool, the Senators office awarded the fire department a $8000 grant in February 2003, for the purpose of purchasing Sparky, with the district covering the balance.
Pictures below is the Fire Prevention Team at North Park Elementary School Hyde Park New