Public Education & Outreach

Fire Corps is a major component of the Burbank Fire Department's "Ready Burbank" campaign. Fire Corps members educate the public in aspects of disaster preparedness and readiness, helping citizens mitigate worst-case situations to minimize the personal impact of a major event.

Often working with a member of the Burbank Fire Prevention Bureau, volunteers will often use a department vehicle to haul the Emergency Services Support Trailer to events. Setup usually includes information pamphlets, booklets and promotional materials to help keep the lessons fresh.

Volunteers are normally at Civic events such as Burbank on Parade, Fire Service Day, National Night Out, community events, Fire Prevention Week and other similar activities. Volunteers may staff other events by request through the Fire Department. Fire Corps makes regular appearances at the Readiness Fairs of NBC, Disney and Warner Brothers Studios. We have also run preparedness booths and demonstrations at privately-sponsored events, such as "Safety Saturday".

Training

Public Education and Outreach training is a three-hour class. It's not required for PubEd, but it is helpful to be CERT-certified. The Public Education and Outreach class covers the Burbank Fire Corps Program missions and departmental relations, disaster awareness and preparedness, and personal disaster response. The latter element includes knowledge and speaking points on building personal disaster kits, family escape and communication plans, plus demonstrating gas and electric utility shutoffs.

If you want to be part of the Public Education and Outreach cadre, contact the Assistant Public Affairs Coordinator - Outreach for more details.