SF Firefighters in Safety Education Program

The San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (SFFISE) program was launched in 2001 when firefighter Aisha Krieger (Draper) contacted the Alysa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) for assistance creating a standardized fire safety and burn prevention presentation. Since then the SFFISE program has reached 5k-13k K-6 graders each year.

The program is continuously developed, updated, and revised by the AARBF to stay current with National Fire Prevention Association standards and the California education code. Curriculum specialists review the program for readability and children are given pre and post tests to evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation.

There are two presentations, each about 30 minutes long. The presentations are separated into Kindergarten to 3rd grade level, and 4th to 6th grade level. Each program is presented in a way that will be best received for the age group. The seven key points of the presentation are:

  • Crawl low and go
  • Smoke alarms
  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • Cool a burn
  • Tools vs Toys (don’t play with matches)
  • How to dial 911
  • High five a firefighter

The 4th through 6th grade curriculum covers these seven key points and adds in a sense of personal responsibility, how to develop a home escape plan, and the consequences of burns when playing with fire. 

A volunteer from the fire department will present a 30 minute interactive presentations, followed by a brief Q&A, and then the children will be given the opportunity to see a fire engine and crew from their local fire station (permitting the engine isn’t called out).

To request a presentation at your school, please complete the form below. Requests must be submitted at least TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR to the date you are requesting your visit.  

For more information or for virtual options, please visit Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation