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What is Community Risk Reduction?

When you were a child, do you remember learning how to stop, drop, and roll, and to crawl low under smoke?  Or learning the difference between tools and toys?  Most programs about fire safety were performed by a Fire Prevention Program in the fire department.  Firefighters have been trying to reduce the number of fires and increase the chances of survival through education, smoke alarm programs, and public displays for decades.  Collectively, these efforts are part of a group of programs that encompasses more of an all hazard or risk approach, called Community Risk Reduction (CRR). 

In 2020, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) released its first standard on Community Risk Reduction.  This standard looks at ways to reduce risk to all members of the community and discusses the five E’s of risk reduction:  Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Emergency Response, and Economic Incentive.  By targeting the five E’s of CRR, the Rochester Hills Fire Department can provide a well-rounded approach to fire and life safety.

5 E's of CRRThe Enforcement E is provided by the four fire inspectors in the CRR Division.  Their main focus is promoting an attitude of safety, especially fire safety, for the 3,000+ businesses in Rochester Hills through routine Fire and Life Safety Inspections.  Fire and Life Safety inspections reduce risk to the business, their customers, and firefighters.  For more information on Fire and Life Safety Inspections, click here.  

The Emergency Response E is provided by the 41 suppression personnel assigned to the five fire stations located throughout the City.  Our members provide assistance to thousands of people each year during emergency response activities.  

The Education E is a great way to provide our fire safety message.   The Rochester Hills Fire Department regularly visits each elementary school, hosts a yearly open house, and provides fire safety messaging through the City’s social media.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, RHFD has participated in birthday drives, classroom zoom meetings, and produced a 27 part video series reading the ABC’s of firefighting book.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department also offers CPR classes, Fire Extinguisher classes, scouting programs, and other programs for child care centers and seniors.  Our educational programs are tailored to the group and are scheduled with our Fire and Life Safety Educator by email, phone, or online via the link below.  


File of Life

Since 1995, the File of Life program has saved thousands of lives across the country.  The File of Life is a simple piece of paper that has important information that medical personnel require during an emergency.  The File of Life is a magnetic sleeve that contains a list of emergency contacts, medical history, medication information, allergies, and other information pertaining for your health that is readily available if family is not available or you are unable to provide the information.  Our paramedics are trained on this program and will automatically check your fridge for this document during an emergency.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department participates in this program and provides a File of Life for free to residents.  Please contact the Fire and Life Safety Educator at 248-841-2705 to obtain a File of Life for each member of your household. 

File of Life

Home and Fire Safety Survey

Have you ever wondered what you could do to reduce the risk to yourself or your family in your home?  The home fire safety survey is an approach that combines education and engineering practices to reduce the risk in your home.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department Provides a free, in-home, personalized safety survey to residents.  The survey addresses several different aspects of home safety, including fire safety, slip / trip / fall hazards, and other unintentional dangers. 

If you are interested in having a home safety survey, please fill out the form below or contact the Fire and Life Safety Educator at 248-841-2705

Create a Fire Escape Plan

Every second counts during a home fire.  Having an escape plan and practicing that plan regularly, alongside working smoke alarms, could save a life.  During a home fire, you have less than 3 minutes to safely escape before smoke and gasses can completely cutoff your exit.  To create a successful escape plan, remember the following elements:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room and find two ways out.
  • Ensure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Ensure all bedrooms have a working smoke alarm and that there is at least one smoke alarm on each level of the home. Push the button each month to make sure it is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside, away from the street, for the family to meet. Make sure everyone knows the location. 
  • Ensure that your address numbers are visible from the street and that everyone knows the address number and street name.
  • Talk about the plan with all household members, including children. Make sure that children know to exit the home when smoke or fire is observed so they do not wait for an adult or instructions. 
  • Teach all members of the household how to call 911 and alert emergency services.
  • Gather your family and practice your fire escape plan regularly.

You can download a free, NFPA Fire Escape Plan Grid here to draw your house and find two ways out.  

Helpful Fire Safety Links

Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program

Smoke alarms are an example of the Engineering E.  It has been proven time and time again, that fire alarms save lives.   Every year in Michigan, there are thousands of fires, and hundreds of fire deaths.  The State of Michigan Fire Marshal has made smoke alarm installation a priority throughout the state.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department has been installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents, free of charge, for over a decade.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department has teamed up with MI Prevention, a State of Michigan agency focused on Community Risk Reduction.  MI Prevention has provided over 1,000 smoke alarms that were installed in homes in Rochester Hills.  If you would like a free smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm (if available), please fill out the Google Form below or contact our Fire and Life Safety Educator at 248-841-2705. 

2021 Fatal Fire StatisticsFor more information, visit the NFPA Public Safety website

Fireworks Information

Consumer Fireworks Restrictions
The use of Consumer Fireworks is restricted in the City of Rochester Hills to the following dates and times (per City Ordinance):
1. December 31 at 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. on January 1
2. The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.
3. June 29th to July 4th between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.
4. July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
5. The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor day between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m on each of those days.

A person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property or the property of another without that organization's or person's express permission to use those fireworks on those premises.

There is a civil infraction penalty that carries a civil fine of $1,000 for each violation of this ordinance.

To read the full ordinance as adopted, click here and scroll down to Section 3301.1.3.

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