“Everybody likes to see firefighters and fire trucks ... in parades and at the fire station, not at our homes, schools, business, and camps. Obviously, “the ability to use fire safety is essential to human survival. Fire is a part of life. By learning important skills, our scouts will be better prepared to use fire safely.” Those attending Dover Dam Weekend will learn valuable skills, and the critical importance of those skills. Scouts will learn to do the right things in the first place, so that fire doesn’t become a problem. But as we know, the best laid plans of mice and scouts often go awry, so scouts will also learn how to best respond when they encounter fire situations that have become fire problems. Demonstrations, as well as hands-on opportunities, will cover a multitude of fire safety skills, both preventative and reactive, including:
Stop, drop, roll, and coolCauses of burn injuries and how to prevent themProper handling of flammable liquids;The chemistry and physics of fireFrequent causes of fire in the home and ways they can be preventedThe role of human behavior in the arson problemSeasonal and holidays fires and how to prevent themHome safety survey, including fire-escape plan, home fire-drills, smoke alarm maintenance, and fire extinguishersSafety precautions in public buildingsSafe lighting techniquesCombustible versus noncombustible liquids and fabricsThe safe way to fuel a lawnmowerProper ventilation and fueling for auxiliary heating devicesOutdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent themProper set-up and control of camping-related firesAnd, yes, in addition to all those skill and training opportunities, there will be fire trucks, along with the men and women who are our community fire safety experts, helping to save lives and property.
Boy Scouts can earn the Merit Badge. The cost is $25 per participant, which covers all activities, the event patch, and the campfire.