The Firefighters Survive Alive! program located in Indianapolis educates children about fire and life safety. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes a model town with various rooms for life-saving simulations to help participants learn new skills and experience for escaping the perils of a fire.
Tell us about Survive Alive and how it got started?
Survive Alive was built and opened (strictly through donations) in 1993. Survive Alive is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Is there a fee for children to attend the program and how can people schedule a visit?
The facility is open Monday through Friday to the public. There is no cost to attend and tours can be scheduled.
What can you tell us about the staff that keep Survive Alive going?
It’s actually the firefighters that teach the classes.
How many children attend Survive Alive a year?
There are about 20,000 kids that go through the training each year. In the past, there are times when those numbers were even higher.
To learn more, visit the Survive Alive website.
About Survive Alive
The educational programs used at the Survive Alive Village are designed for children of all ages, but especially for those in the second grade. Firefighters Survive Alive! provides educational events Monday through Friday. Tours start anytime between 8:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You can also schedule an evening tour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., but all tours must be scheduled in advance. Children who participate in the hands-on educational programs at the Survive Alive Village benefit from the following activities:
- Classroom training at Survive Alive Village provided by a real Marion County Firefighter;
- Practice to escape from a simulated fire situation in the Survive Alive house at Survive Alive Village with 911 telephone training to learn how to report a fire or other life-threatening emergency; and
- Evaluation and testing of what child participants learned and retained.