Educational Fire Safety Programs

School Program
The school program provides training to children from preschool through the fifth grade. There are approximately 4,500 children within this grade range in the City of Bay City in both public and private schools. The programs are developed to meet the needs of each grade level for maximum effectiveness. Fifth graders also use the fire safety smokehouse to learn how to escape from a smoke filled home.

Juvenile Fire Setter Education Program, Fire Awareness Unit
The Fire Awareness Unit provides a juvenile fire setter education program for children that are residents of Bay City, and who have been found playing with matches or setting fires. The inspectors have attended seminars that have taught them how to work with children in an effort to change their attitude toward fire. This program is free of charge. For more information contact the unit at 989-892-7775.

Smoke Detector Program, Fire Awareness Unit
The Fire Awareness Unit operates a smoke detector program that provides free smoke detectors for homes that do not have a working smoke detector. The occupants must live in the City of Bay City and own their home. They must also have a low or moderate income. The unit will install the smoke detector for senior citizens and the physically handicapped. This program will also replace the batteries for free on a yearly basis, if requested. Renters are not provided with free smoke detectors because city ordinance requires landlords to provide them in their rental properties. Renters who live inside the City of Bay City and need help with the enforcement of this ordinance should contact the Bay City Code Enforcement Office at 989-894-8162. For more information contact the unit at 989-892-7775.

Public Fire Safety Education

Programs for senior citizens are delivered at the senior citizens' high rise apartment buildings, and senior meal sites. The majority of the unit's programs target school children and the older citizens because they suffer a very high percentage of all fire deaths and injuries. Primary attention is placed on the home because most fire deaths and injuries occur here.
Fire Safety Smokehouse
The Fire Safety Smokehouse was built as a joint effort between the City of Bay City, the Bay City Fire Fighters Union, and several businesses in the area. The trailer is taken to training sites and used to train the public about fire safety in general, and specifically how to escape from a smoke filled house. The unit uses a machine that makes non-toxic artificial smoke to simulate an actual fire condition. The Fire Safety Smokehouse is an outstanding teaching tool. The late City Commissioner Carol Wesenick was instrumental in obtaining city funding for this project.
Fire Smoke House