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Community Outreach and Education

The Denver Fire Department is proud to give back to the community through a variety of outreach and education programs. Learn more about our Community Outreach initiatives below including how you can request an appearance by the Denver Fire Department at your next event!

Public Education Programs

Businesses, institutions and multi-family residential occupancies are required to develop emergency plans, including such safety strategies as building evacuation, procedures for evacuating disabled individuals, holding regular fire drills, etc.

Many property managers and homeowners’ associations ask for assistance in developing these emergency plans. The division’s emergency procedures training officer, a certified fire safety educator, provides training in developing the emergency plans and procedures, and conducting fire drills—fire drills are critical in achieving proper response by occupants during an emergency. There is a charge for this service.

Fifty percent of all reported fires are set by kids. Without intervention, fifty percent of those kids continue to set fires. The goal of the Denver Fire Department's Youth Fire Stop Program is to save lives and protect property by educating children about fire and its hazards.
For more information, view the Youth Fire Stop Page.

Fully charged and properly maintained portable fire extinguishers can help minimize damage to your business and injuries to your employees and customers. The Denver Fire Code requires that portable fire extinguishers be present in homes and businesses, and that they be mounted, located and identified so they are readily accessible.

Since portable fire extinguishers are only as effective as the user, the Fire Prevention and Investigation Division offers training to help ensure that your employees/tenants have the confidence and skills necessary to take action should a fire occur at your facility. 

The Denver Fire Department Fire Extinguisher Training program includes:

  • Overview of the fire protection equipment installed in your facility
  • Review of proper procedures and fire evacuation routes
  • Alertness to fire hazards
  • Review of the types of fire extinguishers and their proper use
  • Identification of the classes of fires and how each is fought
  • Indoor or outdoor hands-on experience

The Denver Fire Department has put together a Ride-A-Long program for any one interested in pursuing a career in Firefighting or simple if they wish to see what the daily work environment of a Denver Firefighter is like.

Ride-Along Guidelines
The following Guidelines must be followed prior to an individual doing a Ride-Along.
  1. All Ride-Alongs must be approved through the Assistant Chief of Operations. No exceptions will be allowed. 
  2. District Chiefs or Company Officers may cancel a Ride-Along at any time at their discretion.
  3. The District Chief shall be notified anytime a Ride-Along is granted.
  4. No one will be allowed to ride without first appearing in person, at the Operations Division, and presenting a legal picture identification with current address (please call for an appointment)
  5. No one will be allowed to ride without having a waiver and confidentiality statement signed by himself/herself and the Operations Division Assistant Chief or designee.
  6. All riders must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age to ride on department apparatus.
  7. Riders must be a Citizen of the City and County of Denver. Exceptions may be granted if the individual is sponsored by the company officer the individual will be riding with. Other exceptions will be reviewed and granted at the discretion of the Operations Division Chief and or designee.
  8. Riders are not to take part in emergency scene operations or to interfere with the duties of the fire companies on which they are riding.
  9. Riders will be held to the same Conduct Standards as firefighters. Officers should see that these standards are adhered to.
  10. Riders must abide by all patient confidentiality requirements of the HIPA act.
  11. Riders must wear proper apparel while riding with the department. Needed safety equipment will be provided by the station granting the ride. No jewelry of any kind will be allowed.
  12. Riders must be neat and clean in appearance. Company Officers should use their discretion when allowing a Ride-Along.
  13. Ride-Alongs will be granted from 0730 to 1700 hours only. Company Officer may extend this time to 2200 hours at their discretion with permission from the District Chief. No twenty four hour ride a-longs will be permitted.
  14. Exceptions will be given to medical residents or can be granted by the Operations Division Chief or the Operations Assistant Chief.

*Note: All Cadets will be required to fill out an emergency form and present their driver’s license and Cadet ID at the beginning of each New Year with the Operations Division. All new Cadets must come to the Operations Office & present Driver’s License, Cadet ID & fill out appropriate forms before their first ride with the Denver Fire Department.

Download a printable version of our Ride-A-Long program and guidelines.

In recent years, most of the fire safety training for Denver schools has been delivered through the Denver Firefighters Museum, with grant money awarded to the Fire Protection and Investigation Division, the Denver Public Schools Risk Management Division, and the Denver Firefighters Museum.

The Fire Prevention unit’s emergency procedures training officer is a certified fire safety educator and frequently provides training focused on specific problems to school classes experiencing these problems, i.e. fire setting, experimenting with fire, injury of student from fire. There is no fee for school training.

Safe Haven for Newborns

The Safe Haven Program allows a parent in possession of an unharmed new born to drop off a new born with no questions asked, stay completely anonymous, have no fear of prosecution and not have his or her name added to the State Central Child Protection Registry.

Every fire station located in City and County of Denver is designated a Safe Haven for Newborns. Firefighters staffed at each fire station will take in a new born that is three days old or less with no questions asked. 

Upon acceptance of a newborn, Denver Fire personal will contact the Denver Health Paramedic Division for transportation of the new born to Denver Health Medical Center for medical care and referral to Child Protective Services. 

Learn more about the Colorado Infant Safe Haven law.