Trussville Fire & Rescue’s Public Education Program is a part of the Fire Marshal’s Office. This program is designed to help educate the Trussville Community and the surrounding areas. Even though we focus much of our instruction towards the dangers of fire, we also include natural disasters. In a joint venture with the Alabama Department of Health Injury Prevention Division and the Alabama Fire Association’s Risk Watch Natural Disasters Preparedness curriculum into Trussville Schools. This disaster preparation program helps children in preschool through eighth-grade prepare for disasters by educating them to take actions toward general preparedness and learn responses to disasters by teaching them the skills and knowledge they need to make positive choices for their personal safety and well being.
The Risk Watch curriculum covers general preparedness for disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and severe winter storms. This program is an extension of the Risk Watch Unintentional Injury Prevention Program which was implemented in all Trussville schools in the year 2000. Risk Watch Unintentional Injury Program covers lessons from fire and burn prevention to water safety, bike and pedestrian safety, falls prevention, firearm safety, poison prevention, choking, strangulation and suffocation prevention, and motor vehicle safety.
We took this a step further for our High School students and implemented a program called Fatal Vision. Fatal Vision uses goggles to represent different impairment levels for the students to test their motor skills in different visual impairment situations.
Together with our Police Department, we coordinate the program to include hand to eye coordination exercises which include driving a golf cart thru a marked course and simple tasks such as throwing a soccer ball to each other and catching, then the police will give them a sobriety test and if they fail… handcuffs.
Christmas for Kids
Trussville Volunteer Fire Department began its Christmas For Kids organization 31 years ago, 1979. In its conception, the philosophy was to help needy families within the Trussville community provide Christmas for their children, where otherwise there would be none adopted and we still adhere to it to this day. Last year alone, we were able to help over 150 families provide for over 300 children and expect for that number to be met or exceeded this year. We are capable of providing for these families thanks to the donations, both monetary and toys, given by our very generous local merchants and community members.
In addition to helping families during the Christmas season, we provide school supplies for the children, as well as, pay for them to attend class field trips that would otherwise not be possible. We, also, provide lunch money at Paine Primary, Paine Intermediate and Hewitt Middle Schools for children who forget or lose their lunch money; therefore, allowing them to eat lunch with their class. Christmas For Kids helps in many other community service areas such as buying the necessities after a house fire or helping people stranded on the side of the road without the means to pay for assistance.
If you should have any questions about the Christmas For Kids organization or in regards to making donations, please feel free to contact Jerry Cataldo, Christmas For Kids Chairman, at 205-281-3200 or the Christmas For Kids Hotline at 205-655-1152. The hotline number is monitored October through December only.
Civilian Marksmanship Program
The Trussville Volunteer Fire Department Civilian Marksmanship Program was established in 2005 in order to promote firearms safety within our community. We have multiple Firearms Instructors for both rifle and pistol disciplines. We compete in multiple firearms competitions throughout the year in our local area, and once a year we take 5-10 children from the ages of 14 to 18 to Camp Perry. This program has proven to be a great asset to many children, as well as the adult members.
Boy Scouts of America
The Trussville Fire Department is a proud sponsor of Boy Scouts of America – Troop 915.