Fort Wayne Community Schools Additional Resources

In the summer of 1996, the FWCS superintendent announced the firefighter’s patrol program, F.I.R.E. This is a collaboration between the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Fort Wayne Community Schools. Fort Wayne firefighters randomly patrol neighborhood streets around FWCS elementary schools during the morning and afternoon hours providing a visible presence to ward off potential problems for children walking to and from school.

Firefighters are a trusted part of our neighborhoods who have the opportunity to interact with students and school patrols. Their presence discourages neighborhood crimes and they serve as role models for our children.

FWCS alerts the FWFD when a suspicious person has been spotted in the area. The information is passed along to the F.I.R.E. teams, who work with the FWPD to keep a watchful eye in the specified area.

Firefighters Involved as Residential Eyes

Fort Wayne Fire Department Chief

As technology becomes more sophisticated, Fort Wayne Community Schools has become one of the first Indiana school districts to implement a program designed to assist emergency responders via the Internet.

The Allen County School Safety Commission has led the state in establishing a pro-active, innovative computer program to "increase student safety significantly in the event of an act of violence or natural disaster."

"The first ten minutes of an incident are critically important for achieving the most favorable results." A responder is able to immediately access information about the building occupants, the building structure and design, detailed floor plans and emergency plans unique to each school.

This pre-planning system enables the schools to develop a positive working relationship with emergency, fire and law enforcement personnel, by entering agreed-upon information into an interactive computer application.

Eric Lahey

Fort Wayne Fire Department Chief

SADAR - Stop And Drop And Roll

"If a child is having a problem, they can flag down one of the trucks for help."

SADAR’S Tips for Kids

  • "Stop, Drop, and Roll" if your clothes catch on fire.
  • Stay away from "hot stuff" so your clothes never get burned.
  • Never, ever play with fire. Fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Draw a home fire escape plan and practice it.
  • If your home catches fire, "Stay Low and Go!"
  • Never go back into a house that is on fire.

SADAR’S Tips for Adults

  • Do you know where your matches and lighters are?
  • Do you have a smoke detector in every room of the house?
  • Teach your children about fire and what to do.
  • Use fire responsibly, practice what you teach!
Security Supporting Kids

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

In 1995, FWCS requested its first CPTED survey from the Fort Wayne Police Department. The value of the CPTED survey recognizes that the physical environment can be manipulated to produce behavioral effects that can reduce the fear and incidence of crime. To date, 22 CPTED surveys have been completed for FWCS buildings.

Security High Five

A "three-D" approach is used in space assessment for a CPTED survey.

  • All human space has some designated purpose
  • All human space has social, cultural, legal or physical definitions that prescribe the desired and acceptable behaviors
  • All human space is designed to support and control desired behaviors