Leadership

Successful Local Public Ed Programs Made Available Nationwide by PEAP

Issue 9 and Volume 133.

Successful Local Public Ed Programs Made Available Nationwide by PEAP features USFA photos Fire Prevention in Action The creators of Diesel Dan, a fire education program for fifth grade students, had little idea in 1977 that within three years fire departments in 32 states would adopt the program for their communities. Former Deputy Chief George Melling, Public Fire Education Specialist Kent Harris, cartoonist Don Shipps and other interested members of the Lee’s Summit, Mo., Fire Department designed the Diesel Dan program to meet their local fire education need. Other communities throughout the United States had the same need and found out about the soon-to-be-popular Diesel Dan with the help of the Public Education Assistance Program (PEAP) administered through the Office of Planning and Education, United States Fire Administration. This concept of identifying and sharing resources was the original basis for PEAP, creating a partnership of federal, state and local efforts.…

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