School Programs - Preschool to Grade 7

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Firefighter Friendly – Preschool

A firefighter wears gear to familiarize children with firefighters and emphasize that "firefighters are their friends." Additional safety information may be presented such as 9-1-1; Stop, Drop and Roll; Tools and Toys; and, What's Hot/What's Not. Submit a Fire Program or Speaker Request.

Fire Station Tours – Kindergarten

Students experience first-hand "life at the fire station" and learn safety information that goes along with their classroom fire safety unit. Students also get to see firefighters in bunker gear and learn about the various trucks and equipment a firefighter uses. The public education specialist coordinates the program with kindergarten teachers.  

Fire Safety House – Second Grade

The Fire Safety House (FSH) is a “hands on” learning house on wheels.  Inside the house, children hunt for home hazards in a kitchen and living room; and, practice a fire escape from the bedroom. Firefighters use theater smoke, in the bedroom, to safely simulate the conditions of a real fire while children get low and crawl to their best exit. In this case, the door is warm and students must exit through a window, which has a short ladder at the rear of the FSH. The public education specialist coordinates the program with second grade teachers.

Aquafest – Third Grade

Stormwater staff facilitates a field day for Olathe third grade students on school play grounds or local parks. Educational events cover topics such as the water cycle, water conservation, pollution, and water sheds. The program administrator works with the science curriculum coordinator at Olathe District Schools to schedule the Aquafest events.

Fire Department – Third Graders Discover Fire & Life Safety

Third grade students participate in the "Discover Fire & Life Safety" program beginning in September. This five-week program, presented by the Olathe Fire Department, consists of weekly lessons with graded take-home assignments. Based on homework scores, students receive awards such as Junior Firefighter, Junior Fire Captain or Junior Fire Chief. The public education specialist coordinates the program with third grade teachers.

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Fire Department Adopt-A-School – Third Grade

This program compliments the Discover Fire and Life Safety Program beginning in October. On-duty fire crews visit schools once a month to present fire and life safety lessons that allow students to interact with firefighters in a positive way. The public education specialist coordinates the program with third grade teachers.

Learning About Olathe – Third Grade

Third grade students enjoy an all-day field trip to City Hall. Students participate in a mock city council meeting in the City Council Chamber, visit activity stations representing a variety of city services, and learn about Public Works operations by watching various City vehicles and equipment. The program administrator contacts third grade teachers about this program.

Teacher Resources (2016):

Fire and Burn Prevention – Seventh Grade FACS

A firefighter visits the family and consumer science classes in the middle schools to show students how to prevent fire and injuries. Emphasis is placed in the kitchen as most home fires begin there.  Burn prevention is also highlighted. The public education specialist coordinates the program with seventh grade teachers.

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