Public Information and Education

Available Programs and Services

To schedule a presentation, call (941) 749-3500 Ext. 1659 or email

The following programs and services are offered through our PIER Division:

  • Make the Right Call
  • Ambulance Demonstrations
  • Station Tours
  • Injury Prevention Classes
  • Safe Kids

An estimated 4 million Florida children (1 out of 4), ages 14 and under, will sustain injuries serious enough to require medical attention each year. SAFE KIDS Florida is part of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, is the lead organization for the statewide coalition. The coalition membership includes a cross-section of public health officials, health care providers, firefighters, EMS, educators, and business professionals. There are currently 11 local SAFE KIDS coalitions and one state SAFE KIDS chapter located throughout Florida.

Local coalitions and state chapters provide leadership to their communities in the effort to reduce unintentional childhood injury. They identify and target the injury problems most prevalent in their local areas. Then, by calling on the combined resources of their diverse membership, they plan and implement strategies to address those problems by:

  • Focusing attention on the problem, through media and public awareness activities
  • Advocating for engineering improvements and enhanced safety legislation and enforcement
  • Providing educational programs for children and families
  • Distributing lifesaving safety devices to families in need
  • For more information on this subject visit the Safe Kids website


The Florida Injury Prevention for Seniors Program (FLIPS) is a collaborative effort between state and local agencies. Membership on the FLIPS Steering Group includes the Departments of Elder Affairs, Health, Children and Families, Office of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Insurance, Florida Poison Information Centers, and the University of South Florida. Local emergency medical services agencies, local fire departments, county public health departments, hospitals, area agencies on aging and home health care groups all participate in statewide FLIPS projects. The primary focus of FLIPS is fall prevention. Other FLIPS projects include: fire safety, poison and medication safety, a statewide falls prevention conference, mini-workshops throughout the state, providing educational brochures and pamphlets to agencies who serve Florida seniors, a speaker's bureau providing speakers for local senior groups as well as state workshops and conferences.