Councilwoman Cannaday asked Chief Molina: “What type of programs … does this involve” and “what is theattendance of children to these programs”. Here are some of Chief Molina’s responses:
The “New Model” changes from a past focus on just children, adults, seniors, and business; to nowadding an EMS component to our Fire Safety classes through utilization of the Board of Health that isnow under the Fire Department.
Fact Check: Prior to now, the FD and Board of Health did not combine resources and accomplishments. Attendance numbers reported in the past were based on programs conducted through the Fire Preventionand Operation divisions
Using the “New Model” (which Molina states engages all firefighters, two or three inspectors andhimself), we have “raised our [education]
from 18k persons in 2006, to a new
of 33kpersons” and “we are building on the past efforts by adding a focus on working with churches,
and ethnic diverse groups”.
Fact Check: Chief Molina never stated whether more, less or the same number of
are receivingFire & Safety Classes. Rank and file firefighters are not aware of any “New Model” of public education.There have been no Directives, General Operating Procedure, or training describing a “New Model”. FireSafety & EMS Education activities of the Operations Division are the same as in past years (i.e. fire drills,show and tells, station tours). Fire Safety Education activities of the Prevention Division historically havebeen conducted by two uniform personnel. One of their most important activities consisted of Fire Safety Education classes for every 3
grader, every year. Additionally, they conducted many classes for businesses, special groups, two Citizens Fire Academy classes a year, and many others. The PublicEducation section of Fire Prevention was eliminated and the personnel moved to inspections; many of these past Fire Safety Programs are no longer conducted.The following information is taken from the IFD Annual Report:
2006-07: 1174 programs conducted with 18,094 attending
2007-08: 1287 programs conducted with 29,645 attending
2008-09: 1001 programs conducted with 25,933 attending
programs conducted with 38,395 attending
These numbers indicate that a major change in attendance occurred in FY 07-08 (One can deduce that increased attendance is attributed to the inclusion of Board of Health presentations and/or a new methodology for counting a contact). During the FY 2008-09, the Public Education division was reduced from 2 persons to only 1. This is reflected in the reduced number of programs held and persons attending.For FY 2009-10 there is a major change…the Public Education Division no longer exists and the number of programs conducted is now 1/3 what it was in FY 07-08 yet the number of contacts grew by 13,000.For many years, all 3
graders received a very intense Safety Program. Our Burn House was donated tothe city to for this very program. The Safety Burn house has not been used in a school since May 8
2008at Davis Elementary School where 118 3
graders attended. This program is no longer provided.