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Plymouth Fire Department Open House

A Shift in Programming
For more than two decades, the Plymouth Public Safety Department has been dedicated to injury prevention programming and public safety education.

We are proud to have played a role in promoting safety equipment and raising awareness of potential dangers to residents. However, injury prevention resources are now more readily available to the public. 

To more effectively utilize resources, the Plymouth Public Safety Department is shifting its focus to community engagement efforts to better serve its residents.

City of Plymouth fire hydrant

Adopt a Fire Hydrant Program
Plymouth Fire Department asks residents and businesses to adopt a fire hydrant in their neighborhood. During the winter, they are asked to keep it clear of ice and snow, and shovel a 3-foot radius around it. In the summertime, they need to mow around it.

Keeping fire hydrants accessible substantially reduces the amount of time it takes firefighters to get into service when responding to a fire call in their neighborhood. In doing so, neighbors provide a valuable service to the community. More than 600 households have adopted a Plymouth fire hydrant.

January through March, firefighters make random visits to adopted hydrants. If the hydrants have been maintained, the participating family is given a prize.

Children enjoying ice cream with Plymouth PoliceBike Helmet Reward Program
Bicycle crashes are one of the leading causes of summer visits to the emergency room. Throughout the spring and summer, Plymouth police officers and firefighters are on the lookout for safe cyclists. If a police officer or firefighter spots a child on a bicycle, roller blades or a scooter who's wearing a helmet, he or she may reward the child with a coupon for a free treat at one of Plymouth’s participating businesses.

Car Seat Checks
The Plymouth Public Safety Department no longer schedules individual appointments for car seat inspections.

Instead, we’ve partnered with North Memorial Medical Center and the NW Metro SAFE Kids Coalition to provide car seat inspections to residents at events throughout the northwest metro – free of charge. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Children's Hospital at 651-796-8142 or Regions Hospital at 651-357-2798. 

Visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website for car seat check locations in each Minnesota county.

Children Have an Identity Program (CHAD)
To ensure rapid identification of children in emergencies, parents and guardians of small children are encouraged to post a CHAD sticker, listing identification information about their child, under the cushion or center back of the child's safety seat. Stickers can also be placed inside the shell of children’s bicycle helmets.

Plymouth parents and grandparents can pick up a complimentary CHAD sticker 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, at the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. If your organization would like to obtain a supply of the stickers to make available to child caregivers, call 763-509-5198.

File of Life Program
The File of Life program is a card that contains vital personal medical information that is easily accessible by fire, police and ambulance personnel in the event of a medical emergency. Call 763-509-5198 to request free File of Life cards.

Fire Prevention Classroom Presentations, Fire Station Tours
Plymouth Fire Department Classroom VisitsThe Fire Departments welcomes the opportunity to speak with audiences about safety, and fire and injury prevention. 

Plymouth firefighters give presentations to preschool though grade 6 classrooms, which are 50 minutes and include a video and hands-on instruction. The kindergarten presentation is 30 minutes. During the visit, firefighters take kids outside to see the fire truck (weather permitting).

The department also welcomes groups interested in touring a fire station. Visit the Fire Department's Request for Public Education page to schedule a visit.

Home Alone Workshops
Guide for Stay at Home Kids (PDF)
Many children in our community let themselves in or out of empty houses and supervise themselves for an hour or more each day. When making the decision, a child's age is not the only consideration. Some children might function well alone at home while others might not be ready to assume the responsibility of self-care. The Plymouth Public Safety Department's Home Alone Workshop may help with the following:

  • Evaluate whether a child is ready to be home alone
  • Prepare a home so it's safe and ready for a stay-at-home child
  • Create house rules to keep kids safe and the family working together. 

The workshop is $5 for each family member attending. Children must be 8-10 years old to participate. Call 763-509-5198 to learn about upcoming workshops.

Neighborhood Block Parties
If your neighborhood is hosting a block party, the Fire Department would enjoy visiting with you during your party. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. The schedule fills up quickly. Visit the Fire Department's Request for Public Education page to make a request.

2018 National Fire Prevention Theme

Poster Contest
October is National Fire Prevention month and the Plymouth Fire Department sponsors a poster contest for fourth and fifth grade students. Kids can make their fire prevention posters at home or at school.

The National Fire Protection Association's 2018 theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.” View rules, prizes and an entry form.