The Victoria Fire Marshal's Office provides Fire Safety Programs and Public Education for the community and schools. Programs include:
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 need 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.
|Fire Safety Show|
For the past 16 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." This years theme was Dr.Seuss; Look, Listen, Learn-Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere.
"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 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.
| 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, September 28 at the Fire Training Field.
First-place winners are: 1st grade winner Ariziaha Balboa from Torres Elementary. 2nd grade winner Brody Gabrysch from Trinity Episcopal. 3rd grade winner Alyssa Alvarez from O'Connor Elementary 4th grade winner Emma Willemin from Our Lady of Victory. 5th grade winner Giselle Hailee Brewer from Dudley 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 2018 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. This year's theme was "Look, Listen, Learn-Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere" Special thanks to the contest sponsors, including Victoria Fire & Safety, Citgo Petroleum Corporation and Rosewood Funeral Home. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look, Listen, Learn: Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings at all time.
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 the Fire Training Field. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018.