9-1-1 For Kids

“9-1-1 for Kids” is an educational program for public safety agencies with emergency dispatch centers. The purpose of the program is to teach children how to save lives, property and report serious emergencies through the proper use of 9-1-1, the nation’s universal emergency telephone number.


To teach children how to save lives and property through the proper use of 9-1-1, the nation's universal emergency telephone number.

Children who complete the “9-1-1 for Kids” classroom program will know:

  • WHEN to use 9-1-1- and when not to;
  • HOW to place a 9-1-1 call and;
  • WHAT to say in case of a police or fire or medical emergency.

Armed with this basic information about 9-1-1, children will be able to:

  • Call for help when they need it for themselves or for others.
  • Assist in saving lives and property.
  • Avoid costly abandoned or prank calls which tie up the 9-1-1 dispatch system.
Lesson Plan

The Folsom program is taught to first grade students in all elementary schools by dispatchers that volunteer their time. A professionally made 20 minute video featuring the spokes-character, Red E. Fox, is the highlight of the lesson plan. The video takes four children on a fast paced and fun-filled adventure, with stops at Telephone University, the 9-1-1: "Yes" or "No" Quiz Show, a 9-1-1 Communications Center and the 9-1-1 Hall of Heroes. After the video presentation, there is a review of the basics of calling 9-1-1 by asking the children questions. Other activities may include an interactive quiz game, 9-1-1 practice dialing and a 9-1-1 coloring contest.

After the lesson, children are rewarded with activity sheets, 9-1-1 stickers and 9-1-1 pencils. A full-color poster featuring the character Red E. Fox is given to each teacher to hang on the classroom wall to remind kids throughout the year of the proper ways to use 9-1-1. The lesson takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

For more information, please contact Dispatcher Eva Christian at 916-355-7231