Fire Safety Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Fire Safety Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Fire Safety Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Fire Safety Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Fire Safety Merit Badge Workbook
Fire Safety Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Fire Safety Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Fire Safety Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your Firem'n Chit Card (if you have one)

5. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

6. Your completed Home Safety Survey for Requirement 6 validated by an adult family member.

7. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

8. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Demonstrate the technique of stop, drop, cover, roll, cover your face, and cool. Explain how burn injuries can be prevented.

b. List the most frequent causes of burn injuries.

c. Explain how to safely discard and store flammable liquids.

This requirement will be covered during the class however it must be noted that preparation by reading the merit badge pamphlet is a MUST for this requirement. Scouts should make notes of their reading to further prepare for the class and this requirement.


2. Explain the chemistry and physics of fire. Name the parts of the fire tetrahedron. Explain why vapors are important to the burning process. Name the products of combustion. Give an example of how fire grows and what happens.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


3. Name the most frequent causes of fire in the home, and give examples of ways they can be prevented. Include a discussion about fires caused by smoking in the home, cooking, candles, fireplaces, and electrical appliances.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared for discussion in the class.  Counselors will allot time within the class for all Scouts to actively participate in presenting their research and discussion points.


4. Explain the role of human behavior in the arson problem in this country

Scouts should come to the class with notes and knowledge formulated for this requirement. Scouts will be given an opportunity as a part of the class to fulfill this requirement by actively participating in a group discussion led by the counselor to complete this requirement.  Only Scouts actively partaking in this group discussion will be considered for completion of this requirement.


5. List the actions and common circumstances that cause seasonal and holiday related fires. Explain how these fires can be prevented.

Scouts should use the Scoutmaster Bucky Fire Safety Merit Badge Workbook to document their findings for this requirement.  Listing your answer in the workbook will make it easy for the Counselor to review the completion of this requirement at the class.


6. Conduct a home safety survey with the help of an adult. Then do the following:

a. Draw a home fire-escape plan, create a home fire-drill schedule, and conduct a home fire drill.

b. Test a smoke alarm and demonstrate regular maintenance of a smoke alarm.

c. Explain what to do when you smell gas and when you smell smoke.

d. Explain how you would report a fire alarm.

e. Explain what fire safety equipment can be found in public buildings.

f. Explain who should use fire extinguishers and when these devices can be used.

g. Explain how to extinguish a grease pan fire.

h. Explain what fire safety precautions you should take when you are in a public building.

Scouts will need to come to the class with these items already in the works, if not already completed.  Time will be allotted in the class to review any of these components that Scouts have completed or are nearly completed with for consideration by the counselor for sign off.  Scouts attending the class without preparation work will not be able to earn credit for this requirement. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring a note from the adult they worked with stating that they have done this requirement.  Please have the adult note specific details about the entire requirement so that the counselor can validate that the entire requirement was fully done and completed.


7. Do the following:

a. Demonstrate lighting a match safely.

b. Demonstrate the safe way to start a charcoal fire.

c. Demonstrate how to safely light a candle. Discuss with your counselor how to safely use candles.

This requirement will be covered during the class however it must be noted that preparation by reading the merit badge pamphlet is a MUST for this requirement, but does still not guarantee completion as Scouts will need to demonstrate all three components of this requirement in order to be signed off.


8. Explain the difference between combustible and noncombustible liquids and between combustible and noncombustible fabrics.

Scouts will find the use of the Fire Safety Merit Badge Pamphlet to be helpful in preparing for and completing this requirement.  Scouts will have an opportunity within class group discussion to share their explanation for consideration of completing this requirement.


9. Do the following:

a. Describe for your counselor the safe way to refuel a liquid fuel engine, such as a lawn mower, weed eater, an outboard motor, farm machine or an automobile with gas from an approved gas can.

b. Demonstrate the safety factors, such as proper ventilation, for auxiliary heating devices and the proper way to fuel those devices.

This requirement will be covered within the class however Scouts should familiarize themselves with the requirement and the corresponding section(s) within the Merit Badge Pamphlet so as to have a basic understanding prior to the class.


10. Do the following:

a. Explain the cost of outdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent them.

b. Demonstrate setting up and putting out a cooking fire.

c. Demonstrate using a camp stove and lantern.

d. Explain how to set up a campsite safe from fire.

Scouts will need to review each of the component of this requirement and be ready with an understanding of each of these components.  The counselor will provide learning opportunity on these components requiring demonstration so that Scouts might better complete those components in the class.  The Counselor will also provide time during the class for all Scouts to be able to present their explanation for the other components of this requirement.  Again, it must be emphasized that Scouts need to prepare for all components of this requirement by reading the merit badge pamphlet and gaining an understanding of the concepts of each of these components. Good notes will aid in successful completion of this requirement on the day of the class.


11. Visit a fire station. Identify the types of fire trucks. Find out about the fire prevention activities in your community.

When offering this class, it is offered only at locations where a fire department is nearby. The intent is to make a tour of the fire station a part of the class.  However, it must be noted that there is no guarantee that the tour will actually take place as it solely depends upon the availability of the fire house personnel to accommodate; if they are not out on a call.  As such Scouts should NOT plan that this requirement will be able to be completed during the class. As such....

This requirement will NOT be completely covered in the class HOWEVER time will be allotted for those Scouts who do make a visit to a fire station and come to the class with their identification work and community fire prevention research done.  Those Scouts having completed the visit and preparation work for this requirement will be given the opportunity to present their work during the class to the counselor and other class participants.


12. Determine if smoke detectors are required in all dwellings within your municipality. If so, explain which specific types are required. Tell your counselor what type of smoke detectors your house has or needs.

Scouts will need to come to class with this information already researched and prepared for sharing with the counselor and class.  Each local municipality has varying laws and requirements that Scouts will need to find out. Be prepared.


13. Choose a fire safety-related career that interests you and describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019