...sound the alarm there's no time to waste!
Fighting fires, saving lives, and even
rescuing kittens....ask a young child what they want to be when they grow up, and you're
sure to hear many say a fireman! So, why not get "fired up for some birthday
fun!" Treat the little fireman to a
Theme Party. Start with
Fire Engine Invitations to get the crew going.
Fire up you little
firefighters with this hot
Fireman Theme Party. Along with the tableware, use great accessories
to decorate any room:
Fireman Helmets centerpieces, along with party hats, balloons and themed treat sacks.
Fireman's Hat centerpieces simply write each firefighter's name on them and place at each
setting on your table. A party isn't a party without balloons! Hang some
red streamers down door openings and don't forget the
Red Balloons. Your kind-hearted
firefighters will be ready to race to the rescue in their own
Fireman's Hat Bring them close to the action with this
Fire Engine Pinata for a red hot time! Even when the party is over
your favorite heroes can stay close to the action with
Fireman Loot Bags filled with
3" Fire Trucks & Fire Rescue Vehicles,
8" Fire Trucks water squirting fire
extinguishers, to their own medic play set.
Place a tub of water between two evenly divided teams. Have each team member scoop water
from the tub with a small bucket and race a short distance where they dump their water
into separate tubs. At the end, measure the water in each team's respective
"tub" to determine the winner.
Divide your guests into two equal teams. Have them
form two lines facing the back of the person in front of them. Give each
team leader one
At the start of the relay, he must
pass it to the person behind him through his legs. The next person must pass it to the
person behind him over his head. Keep alternating this way until the last person, who then
reverses it and passes it back to the leader of the line. The first team to finish wins.
Many local fire departments will let
the children tour the firehouse and show them the fire engines. Check with your local
Firefighters have to learn to eat on
Besides hot dogs and chips that are always a hit, try this firehouse food.
Every year, fires take many lives and destroy billions of dollars worth
of property. Firefighters help protect people and property. They are
often the first at an accident or emergency.
Firefighters put out fires, which is not as simple as it may sound.
Fighting fires is dangerous and complex, and it takes organization and
Firefighters also save people who are trapped in burning buildings.
They treat people who are hurt or ill, both at fires and in other
situations. In fact, most calls that firefighters respond to involve
In between alarms, firefighters must clean and repair their equipment.
They practice firefighting skills, and they may perform fire
inspections. They exercise to keep fit.
Some firefighters work at airports or in factories. Others work in
forests and rural areas. Special firefighters, called smoke jumpers,
fight forest fires. They parachute from airplanes to remote areas.
Fire marshals and fire inspectors work to prevent fires. They conduct
building inspections. They make sure that laws about fire safety are
followed. They also work with builders and city planners. They often
visit schools to teach fire safety.
Fire investigators study fires to see how they started. They collect
evidence from the scene and talk to witnesses.
Firefighters live at fire stations much of the time. Most fire stations
have living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. When the alarm sounds,
firefighters must respond rapidly.
Firefighting is dangerous work. During a fire, floors can cave in and
walls can topple. Flames and smoke can burn or kill. Firefighters may
come in contact with poisonous gases or other hazardous materials. To
protect themselves, firefighters wear protective gear. The gear can be
heavy and hot.
Many firefighters work more than 50 hours a week. Some are on duty for
24 hours straight. Then, they get 48 hours off. They also get another
day off on a regular basis. Others work a 10-hour day shift for 3 or 4
days. Then, they work a 14-hour night shift for 3 or 4 nights and have 3
or 4 days off.
How do you get ready to be a firefighter?
Usually, firefighters take a written test and tests of strength,
coordination, and agility. Firefighters have to be healthy.
Classes in fire science at a community college may help people get a
job. Now, more firefighters go to college.
New firefighters often train at a special school. They learn to prevent
fires. They study how to put out fires. They learn how to use axes,
chain saws, fire extinguishers, ladders, and other tools. They study
local building codes and emergency medical procedures, such as first
aid. After completing this training, they are assigned to a fire
Firefighters need to be alert and self-disciplined. Firefighters should
be brave and strong. Being good with machines is important, too. A
firefighter makes quick decisions, so good judgment is important. They
must be able to get along well with others because they live and work
How many jobs are there?
Paid firefighters held about 282,000 jobs in 2004. This number does not
include volunteer firefighters. In some areas, there are more volunteer
firefighters than paid ones.
There were about 56,000 supervisors and managers of firefighters. Fire
inspectors numbered about 15,000.
What about the future?
The number of firefighters is expected to grow faster than the average
for all occupations through 2014. Most job growth will come from
volunteer positions becoming paid jobs. A larger population will also
need more firefighting and medical help.
But there will be strong competition for jobs. Many people want to
become firefighters because it is challenging and it gives them a chance
to help others.
• Help your parents place smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
• Never play with matches, lighters, or candles.
• Be very careful around fireplaces, heaters, and electrical appliances.
• If you find matches or lighters, tell a grownup.
• Always ask an adult to help you cook.
• Know two ways out of every room.
• Help to plan and practice a family escape plan.
• Post emergency numbers near the phone.
1 Lb. Ground Beef
1 Large Onion
2 Cans (12oz.) Kidney Beans
2 Cans (16oz) Tomato Sauce
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder (or to taste)
Hot Pepper Sauce to taste
Brown the meat — about 10 minutes. Add
all other ingredients and let simmer for 30 minutes. Your choice of hot
sauce may be added to taste
Here is a quick and easy way to decorate a cake for your firemen's
party. Purchase a mylar balloon and cut out the design, spray the
back with vegetable oil and place it on top of the cake.
Resources for Parents and Teachers
Download proven lesson plans that will help you teach
children basic fire safety.
Let's Have Fun with Fire Safety: Marty & Jett's Activity Book
This activity book provides children with valuable learning tools about
fire safety and prevention. Activities include coloring pages, connect
the dots, word searches, and escape plan mazes.
the Jr. Fire Marshal Certificate
Kids Home Fire
Get Out Safely - A
Factsheet on Fire Escape Planning
Fire Safe and
Home Fire Safety
Home Fire Safety
Home Fire Safety
Sesame Street Fire Safety Station Color and Learn
Jr. Fire Marshal Quiz
Recipe for Safer Cooking
A Season for
Sharing in Fire Safety
Curious Kids Set
This is Fire!
Sparky the Fire Dog
U.S. Fire Administration for Kids