The Pub-Ed Unit has received both national and international recogntion. Under the leadership of Chief Tim Adams, fire prevention through education has moved Oklahoma City into a safer 21st century.
In-service training is handled by the Pub-Ed unit to those organizations who are required by law or other agencies to undergo periodic training by qualified instructors. "Safe City 2000", which has evolved from a goal, the mission and purpose of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, is a program created by Chief Adams and his staff. The Pub-Ed staff is also involved in numerous coalitions with outside agencies and the local media.
The Kid SAFE curriculum was implemented in the late 1980s. It was created to lower the fire death rate of children age five and under. For many years, children five and under made up 25% of Oklahoma City's total fire deaths. Statistics kept by the Pub-Ed Unit show that children who have been through the Kid SAFE curriculum have not been a part of any fire fatalities in the Oklahoma City area.
The Emergency Prevention and Preparedness program is another example of how the Pub-Ed Unit creates a product to fill a need. This program educates all ages and types of businesses on how to prepare for and survive a disaster. The areas focused on are emergency evacuation plans, emergency management, disaster relief planning, and response for a quick recovery.