Fire Station Tours
The National City Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division reaches out to the community in various forums to educate the public with regard to fire safety issues.
School visits are an excellent way to teach children about fire safety education. Specific fire safety topics are available for each grade level to provide the most consistent and efficient programs. To request a station tour, please contact us at (619) 336-4550.
The National City Fire Department offers a variety of presentations to the community at no cost. Presentations are approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length. To request a fire safety presentation or review the available topics, contact the Fire Prevention Division at (619) 336-4550.
Federal grants have played a key role in enhancing the National City Fire Department’s Public Education Program. In 2005, we received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters - Fire Prevention Grant Program to purchase a mobile Patches & Pumper Robot along with public education materials from Robotronics “The Leader in Safety Education Products”. The grant was worth $14,878.14 to develop a comprehensive public education program. The program will target the very young and will be able to communicate with them at their level.
With the Patches & Pumper Robot and public education materials, the NCFD will make a big impact on the young people in our community and help them understand the importance of fire prevention, and what precautions and safety measures they need to practice. Patches made his first public appearance at the August 22, 2005, City Council Meeting.
In addition, the NCFD also received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters - Fire Prevention Grant Program to purchase a Scotty Fire Safety House from Mobile Concepts by Scotty. The grant was worth $37,401 or 70% in new funding for the purchase of a Fire Safety House. Although the City was required to allocate $16,028 or a 30% match to receive the funding, with the Fire Safety House, we will help reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in our community.
The Fire Safety House is used to demonstrate the various fire and injury hazards potentially present in an average home. The Fire Safety House has an entertainment center to showcase fire prevention videos or DVD’s. Participants are encouraged to interact and provide solutions in order to make the Fire Safety House a fire-safe house. A built in smoke-generating machine adds to the realistic effects when practicing fire exit drills. During role playing scenarios participants are taught survival skills in the bedroom, kitchen, and living room.
A kitchen with appliances gives participants essential information on kitchen safety to include, cooking, household chemical storage, and appliance use. By actively participating in a realistic kitchen setting, participants will generally better retain the fire prevention message. The incorporation of ADA accessibility, allows an opportunity for all participants to actively take part. The Fire Safety House is also equipped with a “Weather Smart Package,” which educates participants on actions to take in the event of a weather emergency such as an earthquake.
On December 18, 2006, the house was delivered to the National City Fire Department. The Scotty Fire Safety House will be made available to all schools in the National School District for presentations regarding fire prevention and earthquake preparedness.
Thanks to a generous grant from Qualcomm Inc., the San Diego Police Foundation (SDPF) awarded $17,381.15 to the National City Fire Department (NCFD) to purchase a BullsEye Laser-Driven Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System for public education. This training system allows us to simulate the discharge of a fire extinguisher for a completely clean, safe, and effective training experience. Training can take place completely indoors, in classrooms or work environments. Call us to schedule a training session.
City Hall, 1243 National City Blvd, National City, California 91950 | Phone: (619) 336-4241 Fax: (619) 336-4239