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education: Fire Safety and Puppet Musical (Fall)

history and fire truck: Using the Museum's exhibit Heroes of Yesterday, Heroes of Today: The History of the Chapel Hill Fire Department and the Town of Chapel Hill's original 1914 fire truck, which is housed at the museum, we show the contrast between the Chapel Hill Fire Department's inception in 1896 and the lives of present-day firefighters.

puppet musical: Our musical puppet show Johnnie Joins the Fire Department uses the dramatic arts for the presentation, explanation, and repetition of life-saving fire safety rules. Special emphasis is made throughout the program to encourage families to make and practice a home fire escape plan

real firefighter: At the end of the program, students interact with a firefighter who demonstrates his or her turnout gear, air mask, tank, and tools - this segment reinforces the message that despite the frightening appearance of a firefighter in full gear, children should never hide in the event of a fire.

Schools and community groups can schedule visits to the Museum to see this program throughout October and the first two weeks of November. It also travels to family-friendly public venues year round.

All of the Museum's programs are provided free of charge.

Dan is not as tall as other
firefighters you may have met

curricular criteria

This program is included in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System goals and objectives for second grade. It also meets North Carolina second-grade curricular requirements related to theater arts and health and safety (fire safety), and emphasizes firefighters as community helpers.

All ages can enjoy the musical puppet show.

more about this program

The Chapel Hill Museum has operated an eight-week fire safety education program successfully every year since 2000. This program was developed and is operated by an all-volunteer staff of Education Committee members and personnel from the Chapel Hill Fire Department.

  • More than 7,000 students have received essential fire safety education through the Museum since 2000;
  • More than 1,700 students have experienced this musical puppet show since its debut in the fall of 2008;
  • As mentioned above, this program meets and fulfills multiple state-mandated curricular requirements for NC educators;
  • North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals has determined this program to be outstanding and is the program's lead sponsor;
  • All local schools, surrounding charter and private schools, home-school collectives, and county schools have been served by the Museum's Education Committee;
  • We hope for additional funding so this program can travel and reach more critical segments of population.


Fireman Dan performs at the North Carolina Capitol.
(919) 967-1400 / fax (919) 967-6230
523 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514