PROMOTING FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY
The Community Relations Division of the High Point Fire Department is responsible for developing and providing free fire and life safety information and education to the community.
Fire and injury prevention are of major importance to the fire department. Programs providing information and education on a wide variety of topics such as fire extinguisher use and fire escape/evacuation planning and drills, are offered to both the public and private sectors of the community in an effort to reach as many adults and children as possible.
The fire department has also implemented a juvenile fire setter intervention program. This program is designed to reach high-risk children that have shown or are beginning to show patterns of fire-setting behavior. Parents, guardians and concerned individuals are always encouraged to call if they should have questions or concerns relating to this type of behavior.
The goal for all of the programs is to prevent accidents, fires and injuries and most importantly to prevent the loss of life and property.
In addition to educational programs, the community relations unit also offers other free home safety and prevention services. Disability stickers for the home, courtesy home inspections, replacement batteries for smoke detectors, and free smoke detectors and installations to qualifying homeowners are a few of the services available.
The community relations unit coordinates special programs and events, equipment demonstrations, and station tours often conducted by the firefighters. This gives the firefighters an opportunity to interact with the community in a relaxed, personal atmosphere rather than during stressful emergency situations.
The unit also provides inspections for commercial and home day care centers, foster homes, group homes, and special care homes.
Another function of the unit is public information. Captain Denita Lynch serves as both the community relations officer and as the fire department's public information officer. She works closely with area print and broadcast media to inform the public of hazards and incidents that are of interest or concern to the community, as well as promote fire and life safety issues.
Captain Denita Lynch
or email: Denita Lynch