The Fire Safety Trailer can be requested for events using the online request form at www.DenverGov.org/DFDcommunity. The new fire safety trailer is a mobile version of a private house, complete with furnishings, and can be infused with theatrical smoke to simulate real-life fire conditions. Participants practice effective fire evacuation techniques in a realistic setting, making this an excellent tool for teaching both home escape planning and fire and burn hazards. The fire safety trailer visits community festivals and events and DPS elementary schools as part of the City and County of Denver’s ongoing efforts to keep neighborhoods safe and vibrant and to prepare kids for the future by keeping them active and engaged. The trailer was purchased through the City and County of Denver general fund.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Denver Firefighters and the previous fire safety trailer educated nearly 17,000 Denver Public School elementary students and fire safety and emergency preparedness through SIMPLY SAFE!, a partnership of Denver Public Schools, the Denver Fire Department, the American Red Cross – Mile High Chapter, the Denver Firefighters Museum, and Community Resources, Inc.
The previous fire safety trailer was purchased through funds from former Denver City Councilwoman Cathy Reynolds.
A report released by the National Fire Protection Association in May 2012 stated approximately 50 percent of house fires are started by juveniles, with 40 percent of these fires beginning in the bedroom. Most children are visual learners by nature, and the use of the fire safety trailer provides a highly interactive, hands-on experience to show children what to do if they experience smoke/fire in their home. The new fire safety trailer is a key tool in preventing fire-related juvenile injuries and home fires.