The Fire Prevention Division was established in 1984 by Fire Chief Mike
Lovelady. The goal of the Nederland Fire-Rescue Services fire safety
education division is to provide quality educational programs to educate
citizens of all ages about fire prevention and life saving techniques.
Every year approximately 4,800 citizens take station tours, are taught
fire safety education, and look at fire engines and equipment displays.
The use of puppets, educational clowns, the Fire Safety House, and fire
safety hand-outs are the tools used to make Nederland a safer place for
One of the first new tools to teach fire safety education were the fire
puppets. The fire puppets have been a great concept for the delivery
of fundamental and basic fire safety education. Such puppet programs
as Stop, Drop, and Roll, Crawl Low in Smoke, and Call It In are just a
few of the programs performed by puppeteers. Firefighter use
the puppets in schools, churches, day cares, businesses, and during station
tours for younger children.
Another valuable tool is the Fire Safety House. It is a great tool in
teaching life safety in home emergency. The Fire Safety House has a fully
operational kitchen, living room, and bedroom. Fire Fighters can teach
children or adults how to deal with a grease fire or how to store cleaning
agents properly. In the living room a telephone is used to teach how to
dial "911" in case of an emergency. The bedroom enables Fire Fighters to
demonstrate and teach how to escape your home in case of a fire. Artificial
smoke is introduced into the room, via duct work in the ceiling, which
aids in providing a time line to escape a fire. All of these features are
monitored and controlled in a centrally located operations room. The Fire
Safety House is a great tool in teaching fire prevention and life safety skills.
The department still performs regular fire safety talks throughout the
community to all types of groups. Fire safety pamphlets are distributed
in the community giving citizens fire safety tips and information.
On duty firefighters give station tours and discuss any safety issues with
citizens. The firefighters of the City of Nederland are proud to
serve the community and will assist citizens in anyway.
For more information regarding programs and station tours, please contact
Administrative Secretary Maria Fontenot at 409.723.1531.