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Milwaukee Public Schools Promotes Fire Safety Awareness

Survive Alive House will host fire safety kick-off and 20th anniversary celebration on October 8.

By - Oct 8th, 2012 08:11 am

MPS students and local dignitaries will celebrate National Fire Prevention Week at Milwaukee’s Survive Alive House, 2059 S. 20th Street, during the 2012 Fire Prevention Week Kick-off on Monday, October 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the Survive Alive House. Students from Greenfield Bilingual Elementary School will join 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. From 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. the students will experience 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. A news conference will begin at noon.

“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.

The Foundation for the Milwaukee Fire Education Center has funded several technological upgrades to the Survive Alive House in both the classroom and the “street scene.” These improvements assist the instructors with their presentation and enhance the impact this program has on students. Students can follow up their experience at the Survive Alive House by visiting its website at

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