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Fire Safety Video Section:
The Fire Safety Training Videos listed are divided into four distinct modules. Each module covers specific fire safety topics. All presentations are by the staff of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The primary presenter is Deputy Chief Guy Swartwout of the Fire Prevention Bureau. To ensure continuity it is advised that these videos be presented in sequential order.

Video 1: Fire Safety Awareness (approximately 60 mins)

    Description: This video sets the stage for the urgency and importance of having staff trained in fire safety. It is very eye opening and clearly lays out the problems surrounding fire safety. It clearly identifies what fire is and how it can affect everyone.

Video 2: Prevention and Hazards (approximately 60 mins)

    Description: This video goes over the components of a fire and how to prevent fires. It graphically identifies potential fire hazards in our residences and provides ways to minimize these potential hazards. This module reinforces the primary concept that the best way to reduce fire risk is through fire prevention.

Video 3: Evacuation Execution (approximately 60 mins)

    Description: This video reviews the proper steps staff must take when responding to a fire alarm or when discovering a fire. It clearly explains the elements of the R.A.C.E. (Rescue, Alarm, Contain, Extinguish) evacuation acronym. Also, it describes what staff may or may not expect from the fire department.

Video 4: Using a Fire Extinguisher (approximately 15 mins)

    Description: This video discusses the various types of fire extinguishers and their intended use. It demonstrates the proper use of a fire extinguisher. It clearly explains the elements of the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) acronym.

Fire Safety Booklet Section:
The Fire Safety Training booklets are designed to be a supplement to the video fire safety training. It is important that staff complete all fire safety videos prior to using these booklets. Each booklet is short and should be available as a reference within each community residence. The intent of these booklets is to reinforce training components, answer basic questions and to provide samples and templates of various forms and checklists.

Booklet 1 - Self Preservation

This booklet defines self-preservation and evacuation requirements. It describes how to conduct a self-preservation test. It explains how to determine if a resident meets self-preservation requirements. Finally, it provides a sample of a Self-Preservation Test.

Booklet 2 - Evacuation Planning

This booklet goes over the importance of developing a comprehensive house specific evacuation plan. It identifies under what circumstances an evacuation plans should be updated. The booklet contains a filled-out sample of an evacuation plan and provides an Emergency Evacuation Plan template to be used as a starting point.

Booklet 3 - Fire Drills

This booklet identifies the reason for conducting fire drills and provides information on pre-fire drill readiness and steps to follow during a fire drill. It also contains a Fire Drill Report template encompassing all information that should be documented by staff.

Booklet 4 - Fire Prevention

This booklet is one of the most important in the series. It provides detailed information about maintaining a safe home. It also contains a sample of a Weekly Environment Safety Checklist.


This booklet goes over the requirements for maintaining fire safety equipment. It defines the difference between visual inspection and functional testing. It also contains a template – Weekly Safety Equipment Inspection Form.