Community Programs

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All Community Education program requests must be submitted in writing.

Due to firefighters working a rotating schedule, we require a 21 business day notice prior to your event. Required departmental training makes various dates unavailable, but we will offer you alternative dates when possible.

Educational Programs Offered

Career Fair - Members of the Greensboro Fire Department Recruitment Team are available to set up an informational booth at career fairs. Firefighters will speak about educational and training requirements, as well as provide information about the application process.

Daycare Training Class - This class is offered quarterly and addresses the NC mandated training for daycare facility employees. Attendees receive a certificate of completion and one continuing education credit.

Fire Engine Display - Fire engines are available to attend community-wide, health-focused events. At these events, firefighters show fire apparatus, offer free smoke alarm installation sign up, and hand out appropriate fire and life safety materials.

Fire Extinguisher Class - Fire extinguisher instruction classes for area businesses are available Mondays through Fridays beginning at 9 am. Classes consist of a short, five-minute DVD and Q&A session, followed by hands-on instruction outside. Class length is determined by the number of participants. Businesses are responsible for providing a meeting room, DVD machine, and fire extinguishers.

Firefighters Are Our Friends (Grades K-2) - These classes are available for Guilford County Schools and are appropriate for grades K-2. Firefighters show fire apparatus, put on their turnout gear while discussing what each piece is for, and handout appropriate educational materials.

General Fire Safety Class (Age 18+) - Often civic groups, churches, and businesses have gatherings for which they need public speakers. The Fire Educator can address a variety of fire and life safety topics and will provide appropriate handouts to the group.

Seniors Fire & Fall Prevention Class (Age 55+) - This is a fire and fall prevention program for older adults centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention. This class is taught by the Fire and Life Safety Educator.

Station Tours - Tours may be scheduled beginning at 9 am Mondays through Saturdays. Firefighters will put on turnout gear while a speaker discusses each item and its safety aspects. Attendees may sit in the apparatus, but must be supervised by an adult.

My Friend the Firefighter (Pre-K Ages) - These classes are available for daycares and preschools within the City of Greensboro and are appropriate for preschool aged children. The fire educator will put on their turnout gear while discussing what each piece is for and handout appropriate educational materials.

Health Fair/Festival Information Tent - The Fire and Life Safety Educator/Division is available to set up an informational booth at health fairs or street festivals. The Educator will speak to interested citizens/attendees in reference to safety issues and answer any questions posed. They will also offer sign-ups for Smoke Alarms, as well as offer informational handouts and items. Set-up fees must be waived for fire department participation.

Services Offered

Elderlinks (Age 55+) - Elderlinks is an awareness program sponsored by Senior Resources of Guilford. If fire department personnel are tending to an elderly resident and see needs such as medical issues, nutritional problems, visitation needs, or general maintenance of their residence, referrals can be made to United Services for Older Adults for assistance in these and other areas.

Ride-Along Program (Age 18+) - You are allowed to ride with a fire company to see first-hand what it's like to be a firefighter. During that time, you would stay at a station and see what life at the station entails. If an emergency call comes in, you have the opportunity to jump on the truck with the fire company and ride the call. Riders are not allowed to participate or interfere in any way with the duties of the fire company. Interested residents should visit the fire station of their choice and speak with the captain to schedule a date at least two weeks in advance, fill out an application that will be approved/disapproved by the Greensboro Police Department, and sign a waiver releasing the department and the City of any liability. 

Parade Participation - The Greensboro Fire Department is available to participate in community-sponsored parades. Event fees must be waived for fire engine participation.

Safe at Home Check - Firefighters will visit your home and perform a "walk-through" with you, pointing out potential fire hazards and making suggestions on how to correct these hazards.  To request this service please call 336-373-2576 and provide your name, address and phone number.  Or you may complete the Public Education Request form by selecting “Safe at Home Check” under “Services Offered” and providing the same contact information.

Signal 3 - Signal 3 is a program offered to residents within the Greensboro city limits that identifies families who may need extra care during emergencies.  Simply put, the Signal 3 program lets firefighters “know before they go.”  To participate in the program, simply call 336-373-2576 and provide your name, address and phone number. Or you may complete the Public Education Request form by selecting “Signal 3” under “Services Offered” and providing the same contact information.  Your neighborhood fire station will then contact you to schedule an appointment for a home visit.  During this visit, firefighters will ask about your family's special needs, such as if there is an elderly resident or someone confined to a wheelchair or if oxygen tanks are currently in your home.  Firefighters make a diagram of your residence with identifying notations. This documentation is kept on file with the fire department and Guilford Metro 9-1-1. In the event of a medical or fire emergency, firefighters are prompted with this information before they arrive, which allows them to assist you more quickly.

Smoke Alarm and/or Battery Installation - Please provide your name, address and phone number by either calling 336-373-2576, after your request is received. Firefighters from your closest neighborhood fire station will contact you to schedule a time for installation.  Smoke alarm and/or battery installation is provided free of charge.  Firefighters will install a maximum of two alarms per floor.  Batteries will be replaced as needed.  We are not able to assist with cathedral ceilings, but will install a back-up alarm in a suitable location.