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Community Education Unit

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Under the leadership of Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel, the Community Education Unit is responsible for educating the public on fire prevention and safety, as well as other injury prevention education such as child passenger safety. Much of this is done through programs such as fire safety presentations to adults and children, the Children & Fire program, and through events like Safety Saturday, Fire Prevention Week, Child Passenger Safety Seat Checks. Fire safety education in Madison is targeted for the young and elderly citizens. These two groups of people are statistically more susceptible to fire. This unit of the Fire Prevention Division provides the community with educational programs which can be designed to address the fire safety needs of the audience. Fire station tours are arranged for Scout Troops and pre-schools and fire department personnel are always eager to give presentations to professional and civic organizations. In addition to public education through programs and presentations, the community education unit serves the Madison and surrounding communities by covering and releasing information on fire department events, news, and public service announcements. All three members of the Community Education Unit also serve as the department's Public Information Officer (PIO) as they rotate weeks of being on-call.

Members of the Community Education Unit are actively involved in many organizations and groups that focus on safety and injury prevention. They include:

  • Madison Area Safe Kids Coalition
  • Triad of Dane County
  • Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS)
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children
Lori Wirth
Lori Wirth
Community Education
Specialist III - Leadworker
(608) 266-5947
Bernadette Galvez
Bernadette Galvez
Community Education
Specialist II
(608) 261-9844
Eric Dahl
Eric Dahl
Community Education
Specialist II
(608) 261-9845
Community Education Unit Offices are located at the:

Fire Department Administration Building
8th & 9th Floors
30 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703
Office Hours are Monday - Friday,
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
General Office Phone: (608) 266-4420
General Office Fax: (608) 267-1153