Ashland Fire & Rescue is committed to providing the community with educational opportunities to assist in self-awareness and hazards mitigation to prevent injuries and loss of life through our Fire & Life Safety Education program.
Students will gain knowledge on how to make responsible choices regarding health and safety. Our program includes firefighter acknowledgement, Stop, Drop, and Roll, crawl low under smoke, bicycle safety, kitchen safety, home escape plans and family emergency planning through disaster preparedness providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead safer lives.
The Education Committee, consisting of Fire Department personnel, develops and implements the education program using best practices and lessons learned. We are committed to providing comprehensive information from top national fire and life safety standards incorporated into a variety of presentations and public safety messages at each class visit. The committee takes a collaborative approach in communicating with local teachers, students, and other supporters to build relationships and make a difference in the safety of the Ashland community.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES offered include 50 minute lesson plans in the classroom (grades K – 5) and planned station tours. Our department schedules the following activities for youth and the general public:
School Classroom visits
Fire Station visits
SCHOOLS AND TEACHER testimonials:
More information can be found by clicking the following links (***COMING SOON***) of those who have participated in our education program:
Ashland High School
Ashland Middle School
Bellview Elementary School
Helman Elementary School
Walker Elementary School
Willow Wind Community Learning Center
INSTRUCTORS AND COMMITTEE members include:
Battalion Chief Kelly Burns
“I have been with AF&R for over 20 years now, and have had the opportunity to work in many worthy programs. By far, one of the best parts of the job has been the opportunity to teach fire & life safety in our local schools and larger community. Early in my career I got involved with program development and found teaching and leading kids through these valuable lessons was something I truly enjoyed. I am also involved in our Juvenile Firesetter education program, which helps at risk youth learn safer habits around fire and the family resources they need. Thanks for reading my bio, hope to see you in the classroom!”
Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Caples
Firefighter/Paramedic Alfredo Echaide
Community Preparedness Coordinator Terri Eubanks
My goal as an educator is to meet the individual needs of learners in our community in ways that support and challenge them in order to foster the greatest intellectual, social and emotional growth, and facilitate a life-long appreciation towards learning. Facilitating and promoting preparedness knowledge and skills is a high priority of mine as it provides incentive for learners to examine and explore more in-depth the functions of society. I also highly believe in providing experiential learning experiences that are invaluable to lifelong connections. Working in the schools to provide guidance in keeping the community safe is something I am very passionate about and dedicated to. Whether at school, work, or a public forum I strive to prepare the community through enrichment of public preparedness and disaster safety essentials.
Captain Justin Foss
"I've been teaching within the fire service for well over a decade. In that time, I've developed a very strong desire to educate others in fire and burn prevention. Much of my enthusiasm toward fire and burn education has come from my own childhood experiences with burns and seeing the devastation that fire causes. Fire and burn prevention education have become much of what I focus on within my fire service career here in Ashland. I thank you for your interest in our fire and life safety programs and hope to see you soon."
Firefighter/Paramedic Ty Haggard
Ty Haggard, has been a Firefighter/Paramedic professionally since 2013 and working for Ashland Fire and Rescue since 2016. He grew up in Ashland and loves that this career allows me to give back to the community through 911 call response and public education. Ty says he remembers his first fire station tour vividly when he was 7 years old and decided that he would be a firefighter when he grew up. He hopes to provide the same inspiration for the students in Ashland that he was lucky enough to receive.
Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Palmesano
I have been with AF&R for over five years, hired in June of 2012. I was raised in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School in 2003. I got involved with the Fire and Life Safety program because I enjoy working with and teaching the kids in this community. As a local, I can remember the impact the fire fighters had on me as a kid and hopefully I have can have the same impact. This is something I am very passionate about look forward to continuing for many years.
Firefighter/Paramedic Shannon Turner