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The Victoria Fire Marshal's Office provides Fire Safety Programs and Public Education for the community and schools. Programs include:

 Fire Prevention Week

The Victoria Fire Department recently conducted a Fire Prevention Poster Contest at local and area schools in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. City and County-Wide First-place winners of the poster contest were honored and recognized at an awards ceremony held on Friday, October 27 at Fire Station #6.
First-place winners are: 1st grade winner Luke Miori from Our Lady of Victory. 2nd grade winner Dakota Ryan from Scholemmer Elementary.   3rd grade winner Drayton Segler from Aloe Elementary. 4th grade winner Kaylee Honc from Industrial Elementary West. 5th grade winner Giselle Turrubiarls Alavarez from Shields Elementary.

 Sponsors for this year’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest are:  Victoria Fire & Safety, Rosewood Funeral Home, and
Citgo

  Congratulations to the first place winners of the Victoria Fire Department's 2017 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. This year's theme was "Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out." Special thanks to the contest sponsors, including Victoria Fire & Safety, Citgo Petroleum Corporation and Rosewood Funeral Home. First place winners from schools in the City and County include (l-r)

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents fpw20171920x1080of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have a fire escape plan. 

In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, the Victoria Fire Marshal's Office conducts an annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest for students in first through fifth grades at local and county schools. Posters are judged and winners are announced and honored at an awards ceremony held at Fire Station #1. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.n. 

 Fire Safety Show

IMG_5417 (002)For the past 15 years, the Victoria Fire Marshal's Office has presented fire safety shows to thousands of children at local elementary schools in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The fun, entertaining and educational shows teach them the importance of fire safety and prevention using songs and interactive performances. Some past shows include "Safe for the Holidays," "The Safety Scouts," "OZtoberfest," "Safety Con" and "Scooby Doo Fire Safety Show." Click here to see the 2016 Fire Safety Show.

The 2017 Fire Safety Show has been rescheduled for February 13,14 & 15 of 2018 at the Victoria Independent School District's Fine Arts Center due to Hurricane Harvey.

 Shattered Dreams

"Shattered Dreams" is an educational experience that shows teenagers the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It serves as a reminder that too many young lives have already been lost and countless others severely impaired because of the tragic consequences of underage drinking combined with driving.

The "Shattered Dreams" program involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related - (170)crash on one of the high school campuses, complete with fire, police and EMS response, a life flight helicopter, emergency room treatment at one of the local hospitals, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver.  

The crash scene drama is played out before the student body during a school day. Throughout the day the other elements of the "docu-drama" unfold. To give students a better understanding of the number of DWI-related deaths, an individual dressed as the "Grim Reaper" appears periodically throughout the school day to select a “new victim”. The “victims” are taken out of class, and remain “deceased” for the remainder of the school day and the whole night.

The next morning, a wrap-up assembly, including a "funeral" is held featuring those who played roles in the previous day's drama, including the "crash victims,” the “drunk driver,” their parents, and participating law enforcement and medical personnel. Impact statements from community members whose lives have been affected by teenage alcohol use and drunk driving bring closure to the program and reinforce its dual message for the teenage audience -- Don't drink until you are 21, and never drink and drive.

 Smoke Alarm Program

The most effective way to survive a house fire is to have a functioning smoke alarm. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.  Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

The Victoria Fire Department can provide and install a smoke alarm in your home at no charge! Thanks to  a $7,500 “Good Neighbor” Citizenship grant from State Farm Insurance, the Fire Department is able to purchase hundreds of smoke alarms for residents who Smoke Detector Promotionneed them for single family homes and manufactured homes. 

Residents can contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 361-485-3460 to schedule a free smoke alarm check and installation or complete and submit a smoke alarm request online.