New York City Fire Department

FDNY Fire Safety Program

One of the fundamental missions of the Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors through fire safety education programs. Our strategy to reduce fire deaths and injuries is to focus on prevention by identifying and rectifying unsafe behaviors.



EducatorsFire safety educators conduct training, provide lectures and fire safety demonstrations in elementary schools, at tenant association meetings and at community and senior centers free of charge.

Training sessions address the common causes of fire and fire injuries in the home, as well as provide information on how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire.

The fire safety education programs target those most vulnerable to fire, young children and older adults.

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Firehouse ProgramFirehouse Program

The local firehouse is an ideal venue to promote fire prevention and safety to the community. Schools and other children’s groups may make appointments to visit their local firehouse.

If you would like to visit the local firehouse, please contact the firehouse directly for availability and scheduling.

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Fire Safety House

Fire safety on wheels! This mobile trailer contains a kitchen, living room and bedroom. A smoke machine creates a fire simulation within which children can practice fire evacuation techniques. The house features smoke alarms and a phone to call 911. Schools and organizers of large community events can request the presence of the mobile fire safety house.

Mobile Fire Safety Experience

Mobile Fire Safety Experience The Fire Safety Experience is a stage and simulated smoke house built on a 35-foot travel trailer. The set design, which is viewed through Plexiglas, is a typical home, including a kitchen, bath and bedroom. Dramatizations are performed, depicting life-saving behaviors and techniques during a fire condition. The set also is used as an exhibit of typical home fire hazards and unsafe behaviors. The smoke house is infused with theatrical smoke to simulate fire conditions, while participants practice effective fire evacuation techniques.

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Hotdog, The FDNY Fire Safety MascotHotdog, The FDNY Fire Safety Mascot

Hotdog is a full-grown Dalmatian dog that has been a NYC Firefighter since he was a puppy. Like most Dalmatians, he is very smart, strong and loyal.

In the old days when fire apparatus was horse-drawn, Hotdogs ancestors ran in front to help guide the Firefighters to the fire. Also, many of Hotdog’s relatives lived in firehouses to keep the horses company and guard the firehouse.

Today, because horses no longer pull fire engines, Hotdog’s job is to teach children and adults all about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire.


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Operation Sidewalk

Operation SidewalkCommunity groups may request a Fire Department ladder or engine company to participate in community events, such as street fairs, parades and school and community events.

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School Program

School ProgramUnderstanding the nature of fire injuries and fatalities for different age groups is critical when planning fire safety education programs. An age and cause approach is at the core of the FDNY’s fire safety education school program. Research shows that children as young as five are capable of learning lifesaving techniques, such as smoke alarm maintenance, safe cooking practices, home fire escape and the “don’t touch” approach for matches and lighters.

Fire safety educators conduct training and provide lectures and fire safety demonstrations in schools free of charge. Throughout the school year, teams of fire safety educators are available to conduct classroom-to-classroom lectures City-wide. The classroom-to-classroom methodology, rather than a full-school assembly, is designed so children can have direct interaction with the educators.

Training sessions address the common causes of fire and fire injuries in the home, as well as provide information on how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire.

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