With our partners at the Milwaukee Fire Department and the Survive Alive House
MILWAUKEE — MPS students and local dignitaries celebrated National Fire Prevention Week at Milwaukee’s Survive Alive House, 2059 S. 20th Street, during the 2012 Fire Prevention Week Kick-off on Monday.
The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Survive Alive House. Students from Greenfield Bilingual Elementary School joined the celebration with Mayor Tom Barrett, Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing, MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, 1st District MPS School Board Director Mark Sain, 13th District Alderman Terry Witkowski, the board of the Foundation for the Milwaukee Fire Education Center, and other city officials.
The Greenfield Bilingual students experienced the Survive Alive Program, which includes fire safety education, instruction in safely exiting a house that is on fire, and the importance of having a fire escape plan.
“Fire prevention education is critical to the safety of our children, families and the entire community. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Survive Alive House, please join me in recognizing the commitment of our many partners who provide critical, hands-on learning for our students and their families,” says MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton. “Following a series of tragedies 20 years go, we have united as a community to make sure our children know to ‘Be Sure to Be Safe’ by following simple fire safety rules – including workable smoke alarms and a family action plan – that have saved lives. We are grateful for the ongoing support – especially from the Milwaukee Fire Department – that keeps our children safer.”
Milwaukee’s Survive Alive House is partially funded by the Foundation for the Milwaukee Fire Education Center and jointly managed by the Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee Recreation, a Division of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Every year, every second and fifth grader enrolled in MPS visits the Survive Alive House, and over 350,000 children have experienced the fire safety program since its inception in 1992. As a result, Milwaukee’s fire-related fatalities among school-aged children have decreased dramatically.