At NFPA, at least a half dozen people, including myself, play an instrument or sing in a band or a group. And I’ve met many firefighters around the country who play in bands. Some of those firefighter musicians also use their musical talent to reach children or adults with their fire-safety messages during Fire Prevention Week (FPW) and other times throughout the year. In past years, the NFPA Public Education Division was involved with the Greater Boston Fire Safety Coalition, which conducted fire station open houses with interactive learning stations for children preschool through third grade during Fire Prevention Week. After the children would go the learning stations, our NFPA music group would lead the class in a sing-a-long of Learn Not to Burn® songs. Recently, I have led co-workers’ children in singing fire safety songs at a Sparky birthday party.
Do you play in a musical group? Have you used your musical talents to teach fire safety? Tell us your stories and send us photos of your music groups. Even if you do not play an instrument or sing, you can still use the Jim Post “Two Ways Out” song that complements this year’s FPW theme, “Have Two Ways Out”. You can also download MP3 files of more newly mixed Jim Post fire safety songs from NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn Preschool and Kindergarten program lesson plans on NFPA’s website.