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JCC Fire Department and Stonehouse Elementary Partner to Teach Children Fire Safety


April 6, 2010

Contact: Tal Luton, Fire Chief or

Kathleen Hale, Director of Emergency Services

Phone:   (757) 220-0626 or (757) 564-2141

Email: or


The James City County Fire Department and Stonehouse Elementary have teamed up to conduct a trial of a new program from the nonprofit Home Safety Council called “Start Safe.”  This curriculum is designed to introduce basic fire and burn safety lessons to young children and their families.  The unique program involves teachers, parents and children working together.  “Start Safe” provides parents and caregivers with training and critical safety information to help reduce the risk of fires and burns at home.

Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Office of Domestic Preparedness, “Start Safe” provides resources for teachers and administrators to work hand-in-hand with their local fire department.

Parents and caregivers of kindergarteners at Stonehouse Elementary were provided the opportunity to receive training from James City County Fire and a free copy of the program’s educational DVD called “I Spot Something Hot”, as well as a free smoke alarm for their homes.

The Home Safety Council has invited James City County to share their experience with the trial program at the Congressional Fire Services Institute Conference in Washington, DC in April.

 Visit to learn more about the Start Safe program.

Visit or contact Margaret Tucker at 757-253-0574 for more information about fire education and fire safety.



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