Community Engagement & Public Education Programs
The Baltimore City Fire Department Community Engagement & Public Education offers training and educational opportunities to help improve the community’s overall fire & life safety measures. Through Community Engagement & Public Education residents, community organizations & groups, schools, and churches will receive valuable fire & life safety skills, Hands-Only CPR & Blood Pressure Screening training; receive Fire Safety & Career presentations and engage in Fire Apparatus and Medic tours. The programs help community members understand the importance of fire & life safety. We take part in various Community Resource Fairs & Events, Neighborhood Association Meetings, Job Fairs, Fire & Life Safety Initiatives, Summer Camps, and school & church events.
To request any of the following Public Education services only, please complete the Event Request Form
- Hands-Only CPR Training
- Emergency Medical Services Presentation and Information
- EMS Standby
- Career Presentations
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Fire Truck or Fire Engine Request
- Fire and Life Safety
Hands-Only CPR: BCFD offers free Hands-Only CPR training to those interested in making a difference in their community! Hands-Only CPR is used to help others in the event of a cardiac emergency. Knowing how to administer Hands-Only CPR can make a difference and saves lives. This life-saving skill has been beneficial in enabling bystanders to assist a person in cardiac arrest prior to EMS arrival. Hands-Only CPR is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, work, or school). Hands-Only CPR is an American Heart Association-approved method that does not require mouth-to-mouth breaths. The State of Maryland mandates that all high school students complete this course prior to graduation.
EMS Presentation and Information: Led by Baltimore City Fire Department EMS facilitators, the Building Education and Awareness Team (BEAT) offers group presentations and discussions about common health-related issues such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, asthma, and heat-related illnesses. The BEAT will provide literature with information about these health illnesses including the signs & symptoms, risk factors, prevention, and treatments.
EMS Standby: Residents, businesses, or organizations may request a BCFD medic unit for community events or resource fairs. During events, the medic team will engage with participants, conduct tours of the medic unit followed by a Q&A session, and provide insight on the duties of EMTs and Paramedics.
Career Presentations: Baltimore City Fire Department Educators and BEAT (Building Education and Awareness Team) members will attend school job fairs, and community events to discuss careers within the Baltimore City Fire Department. Career Presentations are interactive, insightful, and impactful and aim to capture the attention of middle & high school, and college students, as well as those who attend trade schools, and other job readiness programs to help interested candidates learn more about careers in the fire service.
Blood Pressure Screening: Blood Pressure Screenings are available to community organizations, and senior communities interested in learning how to check blood pressure. A BCFD member will provide information on hypertension, heart disease, or other serious illnesses. Groups will receive health pamphlets and additional information on blood pressure screenings, sodium intake, diets, and other pertinent information related to hypertension.
Fire Truck/Fire Engine Request: At the request of an organization, school, business, or community member, BCFD can assign a Fire Truck or Fire Engine (depending on availability) to your event. The assigned members, will offer a tour of the apparatus, engage with participants, discuss fire & life safety, and more.
**Please keep in mind that the apparatus is in service and may have to respond to a 911 call. If they must respond, they will make every effort to return. **
Fire and Life Safety Presentations: BCFD safety educators will provide a dynamic safety presentation during your event. Topics will vary based on audience, request, and season. At the end of the presentation, the educator will conduct a Q&A session.