Children's Education

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue offers a variety of children's educational programs to schools and children's groups within the community. Please Email Public Education Specialist Brian Clingenpeel or call 540-777-8718 for more information about any the following programs.

Upcoming Children's Education

Character Academy for Kids

Fun and education is the goal of our Character Academy. Children ages 10-14 will learn about the fire service, safety, and have fun. The academy is held each summer. Download the latest flyer (PDF). See the latest video. If you wish to register your child please contact Brian Clingenpeel to request a registration packet. Ongoing Children's Education

Fire Safety & Severe Weather Safety Simulator

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue is excited to offer a new Fire Safety Trailer and Severe Weather Simulator. Download our Fire Safety Trailer Flyer (PDF) for details and find out how you can reserve it for your event! 

Patches & Pumper

A fully animated Dalmatian Dog and fire truck robot, Patches and Pumper can move, speak, listen, wink, and blink all by remote control. As this little fire pup talks, his mouth moves in synchronization with his words.

Patches and Pumper is just the right size for teaching children because he can communicate with them at their level. This fire prevention robot is agile enough to maneuver easily in school classrooms and other restricted areas. With Patches' friendly, furry face, he presents a positive image to all, while he steers Pumper around the room. His headlights, taillights and flashing warning lights make him highly visible.

Fireworks Safety

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind citizens that Virginia laws prohibit the use of consumer fireworks for private use with the following exceptions: sparklers, fountains, pharaohs, serpents, and caps. It is important to realize that consumer fireworks can also be dangerous, especially to children. 

Halloween Safety

Check out these tips (PDF) to keep your goblins safe on Halloween.

Holiday Safety

The holidays are a time for loved ones to get together and enjoy time together. But with that may come a greater risk for fire. Please follow these simple safety tips (PDF) to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Play safe! Be safe!

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue offers a new video based curriculum complete with fun activities, games, and stories to teach those under the age of 5 about fire safety. If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school, daycare, or public education event, please call the Fire Marshal's office at 540-777-8718 or Email Brian Clingenpeel to make your request.

Summer Safety

During the Summer months, we see an increase in emergency calls related to water accidents, heat illness, and bicycle accidents to name a few. We have put together some Summer Safety Tips (PDF) that include information on how to keep you and your family safe while you play outside this summer.