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Better Together

VFLSC Partner Page

This is a page to share information and resources from our partner organizations. Send an email if you would like to learn more about either one.

We are happy to help. 

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If you need anything or have questions, please reach out to one of the SO State Team leads below.


VA Sound Off State Team Leads:

Alberta Volunteer Fire Department

J.D. Jenkins

Public Education Specialist

(804) 921-6631


Virginia Fire Marshal Academy

Virginia Department of Fire Programs

Chief Kenneth Brown

CRR Manager


Virginia Beach City Fire Department

Jessica Xenakis

Life Safety Education Coordinator

(757) 385-2875

Sound Off

 The “Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol” program is a fantastic resource for fire safety education. Virginia Sound Off currently consists of 11 active teams. Check out the VA Sound Off map to see who is using or considering using Sound Off! If you are not on the map, please email Jessica. (contact info below)

VA Sound Off Map Link  


What’s so GREAT about Sound Off?

  1. It’s FREE!

  2. The videos correspond with the lessons- easy for anyone to press play (whether is a classroom teacher, firefighter, or community volunteer).

  3. Consistent and up-to-date, age-appropriate messaging that aligns with 2nd/3rd grade core curriculum standards.

  4. Sound Off for Firefighters E-Learning Course- Learn how to get started!

  5. Digital resources: (narrated storybook, videos, app for download, whiteboard activity)

  6. Worksheets: available in English, Spanish, and standard/simplified literacy versions.

  7. Access to FREE smoke and CO alarms for your home safety visits (as supplies last per grant cycle)

  8. Program Evaluation tools: pre/post-tests & surveys

  9. Letter Templates: All the letters you need for school administration, parents, the fire chief

  10. Coming Soon: Sound Off Online!- Modules for students that will include dashboards so that you see progress by classroom/school and analytics are captured at the state and national level. 



Here are some important links to get you started:

Sound Off Lesson Plans and Resources


What is expected of me as a new VA Sound Off Team?

  1. Take “Sound Off for Firefighters” E-Learning Course

  2. Join the VA Sound Off Team Google group. (Ask to join group)

  3. Start small. Pilot the program in one class or one school, one group… then expand.

  4. Track your data and report annually to the state team lead.


Sound Off is funded by a FEMA grant and depends on you to manage inventory counts and reporting. You will be required to report these numbers each school year (Sept 1-Aug 31), so please keep records of your activity.

How many classroom presentations were made by the Local Team Leader and partners?

How many 2nd grade classrooms received the project?

How many 3rd grade classrooms received the project?

How many classroom students received the project?

How many students received the project in non-traditional settings? (summer camps, clubs, etc.)

How many home safety visits were made?

How many home fire drills were done? Observed?

How many smoke alarms were installed?

How many CO alarms were installed?

How many Lifetones were installed?



Current Inventory available at VDFP for VA Sound Off Teams

Ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, CO alarms, HOH alarms (limited), teaching kits and storybooks. Please let the state team leads know what you need. (As supplies are available).



FYI: Some teams use bits of the SO curriculum. Some use it entirely as designed. Some teams use the funded alarms, some don’t. Sound Off can work for your capacity and the needs in your jurisdiction.

Sound Off Teams are established in these states: AL, AR, CO, IL, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, NC, Northern CA, OH, OR, SC, TN, VT, VA, WA


New Sound Off states 2022-23: CT, DE, GA, ID, IN, LA, NH, Southern CA, TX, NY, WY


The Tidewater Fire Educators Network is a group of educators and firefighters who meet to share ideas and strategic information. Find out if you have a local network and get involved. If you are not sure if you have a Fire Educator Network in your region, send us an email and we will try to help you. 

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