City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Family Fire Safety Festival
The Lincoln Fire Department and the Lancaster Chapter of the American Red Cross, joined together to form a coalition to educate low income families in Lincoln, with children at home that were between the ages of birth and six years of age.
A grant was received from the National Red Cross to fund this program in the spring of 1995.
These festivals are scheduled during the summer months. They are scheduled during the dinner hour giving an extra incentive for families to come.
Families are educated about fire safety, in a festive atmosphere. Food and drinks are provided for all that attend.
Carnival type games are played with prizes given out. Fire Safety questions are asked for prizes also. Shrine Circus Clowns help with entertaining the crowds.
Activities included at the events are:
Coalitions with local businesses and Social Services were formed. With the expiration of the grant a sponsor was needed to fund events, restaurants were utilized to donate food, soft drink companies donated drinks. Social Service lists were used to send educational material, and festival times and dates to the target audience. Additional sources that were used to send educational material, and festival times and dates to the target audience. Additional sources that were used to reach the target groups were, neighborhood association lists were utilized, as well as school lists. Door fliers were hung in some neighborhoods where there was a high density population, as well as trailer courts.