Going back to the Department's origins as a neighborhood volunteer fire department, the St. George Fire Department has always undertaken a number of community service programs that go beyond our charge to provide fire protection and medical assistance for the citizens of our District. Each of these programs contributes something to the community and helps promote public safety, public health, and/or public service.Neighborhood Santa Parades
In the early days of St. George Fire Dept. when we were a volunteer department, members would tour neighborhoods on fire trucks several weeks before Christmas and throw candy to the children. This public service is so enjoyed by our residents that it continues to this day. By mid-November we hope to have neighborhoods mapped out so that residents may know when to anticipate Santa's visit. We can not pinpoint the time, but can list which subdivisions should expect a visit on any given weekend. In addition, Santa will collect toys for a local organization known as "Christmas for Challenged Children." This organization collects toys for local children with disabilities or serious illness. Once again the "Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank" will also participate by collecting food. Donations can be made on the day of the "Santa Parade," or by dropping items at any St. George Fire Station. If anyone is unable to make the drop off please call, and we will make every effort to schedule a pickup from your home.
Fire Safety House
The Fire Safety House is an educational presentation which is available free of charge as a community service. The house is used to help teach kids what to expect in the event of a fire and the proper method of safely exiting the fire scene. St. George is happy to offer the Fire Safety House as a community service, but is only able to schedule the house for groups of over 30 children. The house is primarily intended to be used by elementary aged children.
St. George Fire Department is happy to offer station tours at any time. Scout troops, school groups, other organized groups or families whose children just want to see a fire truck are welcome.
St. George realizes the responsibility that comes from serving the public, and in keeping with this responsibility we attempt to be very active in the schools within our district. At any time during the year we will send an on duty crew to schools to present safety talks, and teach children about fire safety.
Public Safety Awareness
St. George will be happy to have a firefighter come by your place of business to evaluate your business fire safety plan or give fire extinguisher training.
We will be happy to be a part of your child's birthday party or other celebration. An on-duty truck and team of firefighters will come to your location and give a brief safety talk and show the children (of all ages) the fire engine.
Fans for the Elderly
Every year St. George acts as a drop-off point for fans donated to the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. This organization collects fans to be distributed to needy elderly residents of our area. With temperatures reaching mid 90's in Baton Rouge in summer, these fans can make a huge difference in the health and welfare of our senior citizens. Fans can be dropped off at any St. George fire station.
For more information, or to schedule any of these events, call the Public Information Office at 454-6573 or