Milwaukee Survive Alive House

Fire Education Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can come to Survive Alive?
Any school,  group or organization in the City of Milwaukee. The program is open to any school or group in the city of Milwaukee, there is no cost to attend the program. Private schools and groups are responsible for providing their own transportation.
What age should students be? 
The program is geared towards children in 2nd through 5th grades (ages 7-12)
How many students can attend at one time?
A minimum of 20 and a maximum of 65 students may attend a session.
What time are the programs? 
We operate two (2) programs each school day; one starting at 9:30 am and another at 11:30 am.

Programs last approximately 90 minutes.

Are families able to attend? 

The Survive Alive house is currently only available to schools and groups, we are unable to schedule family visits and we do not have evening hours. Check the MFD website for availability of the mobile Survive Alive house in your area. The mobile unit is at many of the festivals and neighborhood events in the city throughout the summer.
Are there any programs for younger children?
For younger children, ages 3 to 7, the Milwaukee Fire Department offers Brecker Bunny Learns to be Careful. This event is classroom based and consists of your local Engine or Truck Company coming to your facility and reading the book Brecker Bunny Learns to be Careful to your classroom or group. This book focuses on home safety and burn prevention. Additionally, by combining the imagery of firefigher and reading we emphasize the importance of literacy. The presentation is concluded with the reinforcement of some key teaching points and showing the group the fire engine (weather permitting). If this is our first presentation, your classroom or group will be give a copy of the book to keep. We ask that the book be read monthly to the class to reinforce the topics discussed.
The City of Milwaukee Fire Department has other community programs availible, see their website at:
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please provide the following information in your call or email: 
  • Name and address of school or organization
  • Contact person name, phone number and email
  • Ages/grade of students attending
  • Number of students attending
  • Any special needs students Survive Alive should be aware of (wheelchairs, sound and light sensitivity, language barriers, physical restrictions, etc)
  • Appointment time preference (if any) 9:30 am or 11:30 am.
  • Month or days of week you would like to schedule an appointment.

We will return your call or email to arrange an available date for your group.




Effective February 1, 2011, ALL one and two family buildings including owner occupied buildings will be required to have CO detectors in accordance with Wisconsin's new Carbon Monoxide Detector Law.

Three families and larger buildings in Wisconsin that have attached garages or “fuel burning devices” –gas heat, oil heat, gas dryers, gas stoves etc. had a similar law become effective last April.  

CO detectors must be within 75 feet of all fuel burning device and within 15′ of each bedroom. One is required in the basement if there is a “fuel burning device” down there. They are also required in common hallways spaced no more than 75′.

Battery and plug in units are okay. Mount them on the ceiling or wall.

Please see the links tab   above for more information, CO law links.