Welcome to the Melvin Martin Center for Children's Safety!
Safety City is an educational facility featuring a "child-size" town of miniature buildings, streets, crosswalks, functional traffic lights, sidewalks, a working railroad crossing, and a school bus.
A state-of-the-art fire education center opened in September 2009 that allows firefighters to teach home fire safety, and to fill a room with simulated smoke, allowing children to practice escape plans and gather at a designated meeting location. Construction on a police education building was completed in March 2011. This building houses a new classroom with stadium style seating and interactive learning tools.
Night of Lights at Safety City
Join the Abilene Fire Department for a Night of Lights at Safety City this holiday season! Come out to meet Santa and Sparky the Fire Dog, tour a fire engine with the firefighters, and walk through our light display, complete with holiday photo opportunities. Admission is free, and so are the cookies & hot chocolate (though donations are accepted).
Night of Lights is open from 6:30pm to 9:00pm:
- Thursday, December 8th through Saturday, December 10th
- Thursday, December 15th through Saturday, December 17th
- Thursday, December 22nd & Friday, December 23rd
Chief of Christmas
Chief of Christmas
The Greathouse Foundation
Captain of Cheer
Abilene Professional Firefighters Association
Captain of Cheer
Lieutenant of Lights
Firefighter of Festivities
Donations & Sponsors Needed!
Night of Lights is coming to Safety City this holiday season, and donations are now being accepted to help keep this event free and fun for our community!
Planning for the annual Night of Lights at Safety City is underway. Last year was a huge success as we witnessed a large increase in attendance from the previous year. This year’s event looks to be even larger as we anticipate increased expectations after such a successful 2021. To meet these expectations, we have identified areas that require upgrades.
The Abilene Fire Department, the Abilene Police Department, and the Kiwanis Club of Abilene have committed to making this public event one of the largest Christmas events that is available free of charge. In order to keep this event free to the public, we rely on the generosity of those who are able to donate time and/or money to the Safety City Board. Last year, AFD, APD and the Kiwanis all contributed valuable man/woman hours to set up equipment, serve refreshments, decorate, host the event, and tear down and clean Safety City after the season was over. Our building sponsors also showed up in force as they festively decorated their buildings and even showed up to hand out goodies to the attendees.
This year, we are hoping to grow by purchasing four to five large commercial props to add to the Night of Lights event. Again, we rely on the generosity of others to help us achieve our plans.
If you would like to donate, there are two ways to accomplish this. First, a monetary donation to the Safety City Board for any amount. All donations are greatly appreciated. Second, you can sponsor one of the commercial props that have been identified for this year’s event. These range in price from $800 - $8,000. All donations will be recognized during this year’s event. Prop Sponsors will have a dedicated identifier next to their prop for every year that it is serviceable.
Please consider donating to the 2022 Night of Lights and help us make this year’s event very special for our community. Thank you for your consideration in supporting the Abilene Fire Department and Safety City as we provide joy during Christmas free of charge for all citizens. For donation information, please contact Elise Roberts, at (325) 738-8013.
Abilene Fire Department
About Safety City
Safety City’s curriculum is designed to teach our young people to recognize safety hazards found in everyday life and to learn to make wise choices when they are in situations which have the potential to cause them injury or harm. It is open to first and third grade school classes throughout the school year and to individuals, day care centers, recreation centers, church groups, etc. during the summer.
Programs offered include:
- Bicycle safety
- Pedestrian safety
- Fire prevention
- Stranger awareness
Safety City is operated by the Abilene Police Department, the Abilene Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Construction began on the facility in 1976 with contributions from donors in Abilene and the Big Country on land provided by the City of Abilene. The program began in October of 1981. Today, operations are funded by the City of Abilene with assistance from the Friends of Safety City and generous donors. Approximately 6,000-7,000 children and over 2,000 adults from 27 Texas counties receive programs offered by Safety City yearly. Those 27 counties cover over 26,000 square miles!