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Community Programs and Resources
Baby Moses/Safe Haven Law
All Bedford Fire Stations are designated Safe Baby Sites. The Safe Haven law, also known as the Baby Moses law, gives parents who are unable to care for their child a safe and legal choice to leave their infant with an employee at a designated safe place. Then, your baby will receive medical care and be placed with an emergency provider.
Bedford Amateur Radio Club
The Bedford Amateur Radio Club (BARC) is a group of approximately 50 licensed amateur radio operators who work together to provide communications support to the citizens of Bedford and Tarrant County during severe weather and other critical incidents.
Citizens Fire Academy
The Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a 10-week program where citizens that live or work in Bedford meet weekly to learn more about their fire department. CFA is offered once a year covers more than 20 informative topics, including fire and arson investigations, fire station tours, equipment, and recruiting, are instructed by firefighters with numerous hands-on activities.
Community Emergency Response Team
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities during disasters. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.
F.A.L.S.E. Alarm Clown Gang
The F.A.L.S.E. Alarm Clown Gang visits local schools to teach fire safety to children of all ages. Kids have fun watching and participating in the clown skit while learning fire and life safety skills that help prevent fire hazards and loss of life.
Medication Disposal Program
The Bedford Fire Department has partnered with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to provide a free and easy way to dispose of medication responsibly. Single-Use Disposal Systems (SUDS) are a convenient and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. This pre-paid take-away envelope allows residents to mail unused and expired prescriptions from the privacy of home.
Project Safe Place
The Bedford Fire Department has partnered with All Church Home for Children in providing a Safe Place for youth-in-crisis. All Church Home for Children, a State-licensed agency, is committed to providing this outreach program offering young people in crisis a safe route to professional resources. Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety.
Smoke Detector Check Program
Firefighters, assisted by members of the Bedford Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association, canvas pre-designated neighborhoods twice a year and go into any home where they are allowed, at no charge, to ensure smoke detectors are in the correct location and functioning properly.
Each year, the Fire Department collects frozen turkeys from community members to donate to North East Emergency Distribution, a northeast Tarrant County faith-based non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide short-term emergency assistance of food, clothing, TXU payments and bus vouchers to those in need.
Vial of Life Medical Information Pocket
The Vial of Life Medical Information Pocket is a red plastic pocket available for free to residents. It has a magnet on the back, so it can placed a home's refrigerator. Inside the pocket is a medical information form each household member needs to complete and asks questions about medical conditions, medical history, allergies, current medications, preferred hospitals, doctors' names, vaccinations, and emergency contact information. This form will provide paramedics with life-saving information during a medical emergency, when you may be home alone and not able to communicate with them.