Public Education

Proactive Fire Safety

The Oak Forest Fire Department believes it is important to be proactive with regard to fire safety in the community. Oak Forest firefighters routinely conduct station tours and strive to provide a comprehensive community education to the general public, especially school-aged children, regarding safety issues. Elements of the program include educational presentations on fire safety and prevention subjects as well as information booths and demonstrations at community functions, such as the Community Awareness Fair or Senior Health Fair.

Specific programs or services include:

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood pressure screenings are conducted regularly at the Oak Forest Senior Center and at Bremen Township. Residents are welcome to walk in for blood pressure checks at either Fire Station 1 or Fire Station 2 as needed.

Community Education

Department members deliver age-appropriate lessons on fire safety including fire extinguisher safety and Exit Drills in the Home (EDITH). They also conduct equipment and uniform demonstrations. In addition, schools and local community groups visit the fire station to meet firefighters

Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention

Specialists are available at the Oak Forest Fire Department to combat this destructive behavior. This confidential program aggressively addresses propensities to fire setting by juveniles with the goal of preventing a foreseeable tragedy. If you know of a child who is showing an unusual interest in fire, please contact the Fire Department.

Project Prom

Project Prom is an alcohol-awareness program held bi-annually at Oak Forest High School. It includes speakers and a graphic display of an accident between a car driven by an average family and teen-aged prom-goers. It is designed to help young adults realize the dangers of drinking and driving.

Well Being Checks

Fire and police personnel work together to conduct well-being checks when there is cause for concern of a loved one or neighbor.