Car Seat Program

Anyone is welcome to come to any of our stations and have their car seats checked.

Instructors

All of our personnel are certified Car Seat Technicians.

Captain Terry Keefer has been with Summerville Fire and Rescue for 22 years. He has received numerous life-saving awards and has been recognized as Firefighter of the year and Officer of the year. Captain Keefer is a certified EMT, leads two of our Special Operation Teams and is National Child Safety Instructor.

Certification Training

National CPS Certification Training is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the certifying body and responsible for managing all aspects of the program. We work closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (responsible for the curriculum), the National Child Passenger Safety Board (provides recommendations and guidance), and State Farm (our sponsor).

CPS Certification Training is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the certifying body and responsible for managing all aspects of the program. We work closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (responsible for the curriculum), the National Child Passenger Safety Board (provides recommendations and guidance), and State Farm (our sponsor).

Requirements

In order to become a nationally certified child passenger safety (CPS) technician, you must be 18 or older and pass a CPS Certification Course. Students pass the course if they attend every part of the course and earn passing grades for three sets of tests:

  1. Written quizzes
  2. Hands-on skills assessments
  3. A checkup event

The Course

  • Written quizzes. Your instructor will test you with three written, open-book quizzes. “Open-book” means that you are encouraged to use your CPS technician guide while you are taking the quiz. To pass the combined quizzes, you must answer at least 42 out 50 questions correctly, which means a passing score of 84% or better.
  • Hands-on skills assessments. Instructors will test your skills with three hands-on skills assessments, and will award a grade of either pass or fail following each assessment. If you fail any of the three assessments, you will be notified during the course and may continue attending the class as an observer, but only at the discretion of the lead instructor.
  • Checkup event. The checkup event is also graded as either pass or fail. To pass the checkup event, you must successfully demonstrate:
  • Skills learned during class
  • The ability to follow event procedures and instructions
  • Proper use and installation of child restraints and safety belts
  • The ability to teach parents and caregivers how to properly protect their family on the road