Scientific Method for Juvenile – A program to reduce the number of fires set kids.
In fall of 2010 I investigated multiple fires that were started by six males that attended the same middle school. I contacted the Principal and asked if I could make a presentation with my Accelerant Detection K9 “Mako” in the hopes of reducing or eliminating future fires. Since that first presentation in the spring of 2011 the program has evolved and been improved due to the excellent advice of several professional teachers. It is now an annual program presented to every student at seven middle schools in our jurisdiction. Over the course of a standard Middle School/Jr. High classroom period, usually 55 minutes, I present sixth or seventh graders the seven steps of the scientific method as defined in NFPA 921, “Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations”. I have three goals during this period of instruction: To demonstrate a real world application of the scientific method. To demonstrate that science can be exciting and fun. To inform the students that playing with fire can have devastating consequences. “Fire is a tool, not a toy.” The presentation is fast-paced and class participation is encouraged. This is easily achieved because the typical class size is between 20 and 30 students. Along with the scientific method I also discuss the difference between the fire cause classifications: incendiary, accidental, and natural. I also touch on other fire safety topics including smoke detectors, false fire alarm, and keeping lighters and matches away from younger siblings.
Rick Freier, Spokane Valley Fire Department
Rick Freier was hired by the Spokane Valley Fire Department March 1999, serving as a firefighter until March 2004, when he joined the Prevention Bureau. Freier served in the Bureau until June 2015 were he investigated more than 500 fires as a commissioned law enforcement officer and presented multiple types fire safety messages to all age groups in the community. He is currently a firefighter on Engine 9. Freier is the Vice President of the Washington State Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, IAAI. He holds two certifications in fire investigation, IAAI and IFSTA. He is also a Certified Instructor with the IAAI and has presented multiple times at the Northwest Fire Investigation Conference, WA-IAAI and the Fire Protection Institute, Washington State Fire Marshal’s Association.
Jeff Donahue & Ray Bizal
More info to come
Laugh, Learn, Live
In short we will cover risk behaviors for all age groups and special needs groups. As a class we will work together to design an entertaining educational safety behavior program for their audiences back home.
Calvin Cook, Plano Fire-Rescue
Calvin has been in the fire service for 36 plus years, 33 plus in Plano, and has been recognized as thePublic Educator of the Year 3 times. He also teaches and performs at Clown and Characterization Conferences both in his home state of Texas as well as nationaly. “pAtChEs” his clown character has been around for over 19 years when he was entroduced to the City of Plano in 1996 by his favorite clown Snozzle. He loved educating the young audiences until he realized that clowning, charaterization and puppets crosses most barriors (teenagers are a little tough) and now he will attempt to educate anyone. He knows that “If you see them smiling you see them learning!”
Chris Jefferson, Plano Fire-Rescue
Chris a.k.a. “Snozzle” has been teaching and performing at elementary schools as well public organizations and event since he started the clown and characterization program in Plano in 1996. He has held numerous positions on boards and commities since he began his venture in educating with humer and magic. One of which is the President of Texas LAFS Clowning and Characterization Organization for the last 4 years.
Just Drive: Take Action Against Distraction
Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic in our nation. Distracted driving now joins alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of motor vehicle injury collisions. Learn how you can make a difference in your community and take action against distraction. This ‘Train-the-Trainer’ workshop will teach you why it’s important to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving and how to present the ‘Just Drive’- Take Action Against Distraction presentation.
Tracey Holmberg, Swedish Medical Center
Tracey Holmberg, BSN, RN, CPSTI, is Pediatric Trauma Nurse Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Englewood, Colorado. Her background includes being the Injury Prevention Coordinator at SMC for 9 years, critical care nursing, and EMS work. Car seat safety, teen driving, and distracted driving are just a few of the programs she is passionate about as well as being a member of Safe Kids Denver Metro.
Sleep Deprivation and Crash Risk
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement, reveals that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.
Wave Dreher, AAA Colorado
In her role as Director of Communications for AAA Colorado, Wave is responsible for public affairs and AAA’s traffic safety and advocacy initiatives. She also oversees the publication of EnCompass, AAA Colorado’s member magazine. Wave is active in the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance. She has served on the Colorado Springs Older Driver Coalition, the Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee, community Share the Road Committees and is a Board member of Transportation Solutions. Wave earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Colorado State University. She is a Colorado native.