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Franklin Fire Department
Monday August 3rd, 2009 :: 12:31 p.m. CDT

Franklin Fire Department presents children's fire education DVD series to Williamson County Public Library

The Franklin Fire Department presented the Williamson County Public Library Children’s Department with the Rainbow Valley Fire Department DVD fire education series on Friday, July 31st. Former VeggieTales licensing executive and Franklin resident Bob Starnes, who now works for Rainbow Valley Fire Department, was on hand for the presentation.

According to Library Director Janice Keck, the DVDs will be placed into circulation and available to check out on August 5th.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department is an animated series designed to teach basic fire safety and fire survival skills to children ages four through nine. It features the voice talents of Tim Conway and B.J. Thomas, and combines 3-D animation with live action video and songs.

“This is a great tool to help parents teach children life safety skills,” said Franklin Fire and Life Safety Educator Jamie Mooney. “The rescue vehicles have human characteristics and will appeal to kids who like Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder characters.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Characteristics of Home Fire Victims report, children under age five are one and a half times as likely to die in a home fire as the general public.

In 2006, children 14 and under playing with fire started an estimated 14,500 structure fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments, causing an estimated 130 civilian deaths, 810 civilian injuries and $328 million in direct property damage. Preschoolers and kindergartners were most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and were most likely to die in them. According to the NFPA, in fires started by children playing with fire, nearly two-thirds (63%) of the victims who die are children 5 years old and younger.

Rainbow Valley’s three DVD series, with three episodes each, teaches fire safety lessons in a non-threatening, easy to understand way. It includes episodes such as “Fire in your house,” and “Fire on your clothes.”

For more information about the Rainbow Valley Fire Department (RVFD) fire education series please visit

Franklin Fire Department
109 3rd Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 615-791-3270

Jamie Mooney

1314 Columbia Ave
Franklin, TN 37064

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