"The instruction of our children in all aspects of fire and life safety was an imperative function of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Flower Mound Fire Department (FMFD). The problem was that the FMFD did not have an effective fire prevention education program. The purpose of this research paper was to identify the criteria needed to develop a fire and life safety education program utilizing characterization, clowns and/or puppets. Evaluative research was used in preparing and answering the following questions: 1. Why utilize characterization, clowns or puppets in fire and life safety education? 2. To what level were the FMFD personnel trained in educational methodology? 3. What training programs were available to train personnel in characterization, clowning and/or puppetry? 4. What subject matter was being taught in other fire and life safety programs? The procedures used to complete this research project utilized a review of literature pertaining to why clowns were utilized in fire and life safety programs and what training programs were available in characterization, clowning and/or puppetry; evaluation of FMFD personnel records to determine courses taken in educational methodology; and a feedback instrument given to fire departments throughout north Texas. Finally, an analysis of the data gathered in the feedback instrument was conducted. The results of the research demonstrated that clown programs were effective, that FMFD personnel had adequate training in the basic educational methodology, and that there were several programs that offered specialized training. Finally, it identified general subject matter that should be included in training programs."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/