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NFPA public education network member, Sherri Leeka (Westminster, CO Fire Department) reports that Littleton Fire Rescue in Colorado had a banner Fire Prevention Week. NFPA’s Scholastic project featuring Alice in Wonderland came to life with the help of Katie Moore and her team.
During Fire Prevention Week, the City of Miami Fire and Rescue created local partnerships with Home Depot® and Dominos® Pizza. These were companies that NFPA has also partnered with nationally. The Miami Fire and Rescue Department was able to use these partnerships to reach the at-risk communities they serve, spreading fire safety messages and ensuring smoke detectors were installed and working.
• The fire department partnered with the local Dominos Pizza in delivery of pizzas from Domino Pizza stores near fire stations with the highest incidence of fires. The deliveries were in neighborhoods that were primarily low-income and in which residents spoke Creole or Spanish as their primary languages. When people ordered pizza, fire department personnel would go with the delivery person to the home where the pizza was being delivered. If the people making the order had smoke alarms in their homes then they received their pizza free. If they did not have working smoke alarms, Miami firefighters installed new alarms or put batteries in existing smoke alarms.
• Miami Fire and Rescue also partnered with a local Home Depot store. They held an in-store workshop in which firefighters helped children build little model fire trucks. They also had the department’s fire trucks on hand and public education displays. The Home Depot store that Miami worked with is in the heart of primarily non-English speaking population.
Photos below: Maria Rosen, fire and life safety educator, Miami Fire Department, sharing fire safety information with a parent at a Dominos Pizza restaurant.
Local Miami Firefighters install alarms in a Miami home.
The educational display and exhibits at the Home Depot parking lot.
Fire department official at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba held activities throughout Fire Prevention Week. Activities included a drawing contest for school-age children with winners receiving gift cards and gift packages donated by the Navy Exchange, a booth set up with fire safety information at the Navy Exchange, videos shown to children emphasizing the importance of having a home fire escape plan, fire extinguisher training at the hospital and galley, and the grand finale was a one-mile family fun run. The fun run provided an opportunity for food, a bouncy house for kids, a fire truck pull, fire brigade relay, smoke house and fire safety booth. Firefighters also took the opportunity to demonstrate the danger of using turkey fryers and live Christmas trees in the home. Congratulations to Fire Inspector Clifford Foley and his team for a successful Fire Prevention Week.
NFPA's Rose Mann-Diebert was in Washington, DC, last week and snapped this photo of NFPA's Fire Prevention Week banner hanging outside the offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Thanks for your support of Fire Prevention Week, EPA!
Fitting well with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme “Have Two Ways Out,” the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Michael H. Minger Foundation, and Campus Firewatch conducted a fire drill among local Philadelphia universities the evening of October 18. The universities practiced their respective escape plans by evacuating pre-selected dormitories. The campus of Drexel University served as host for the Philadelphia Fire Department’s mock firefighting operations during a campus fire. The Michael H. Minger Foundation is producing a documentary entitled “9 Fires” highlighting the devastating impact of nine campus fires in 2012.
Below are photos from the firefighting event at Drexel University.
During Fire Prevention Week, Susan Henderson, senior vice-president and chief communications officer of Rite Aid Pharmacy, presented the Cleveland Fire Department and the Cleveland Chapter of the Red Cross with a $10,000 check for their partner program, Operation Save-A-Life, in which firefighters and Red Cross volunteers install smoke alarms in Cleveland residents’ homes. Rite-Aid is touring 12 cities around the country to celebrate its 50th anniversary with 50 acts of wellness.
Pictured below is Cleveland Fire Chief Timothy O’Toole in the center. On Chief O’Toole’s left is Mary Alice-Frank, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland, and on the chief’s right is Susan Henderson of Rite-Aid. Larry Gray, public information officer for the Cleveland Fire Department is in the first row, last on the right. Also pictured are employees of the Cleveland Fire Department and Rite Aid.
Also during October, Raleigh’s Fire Watch publications featured an episode on home fire sprinklers, with Ronald Campbell interviewing a home owner who installed home fire sprinklers in his home in Wake County.
Below are Fire Prevention Coordinator Ronald Campbell and Assistant Fire Marshal Charles Williams, Raleigh Fire Department, setting up the exhibit at Crabtree Valley Mall.
In the second photo, Ron Campbell and Deputy Fire Marshal John Olive teach some important fire safety lessons to children attending the exhibit.
During Fire Prevention Week, October 7–13, 2012, Milwaukee fire companies worked with players from the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks to test and install smoke alarms in homes in Milwaukee neighborhoods as part of the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Focus (Firefighters out Creating Urban Safety) program. Pictured below with Milwaukee firefighters are, from left, Bucks’ mascot Bango and Bucks players Joel Przybilla and Tobias Harris. Milwaukee Chief Mark Rohlfing is at the podium. Skip Robinson, director of Community Relations for the Milwaukee Bucks, is at far right in black with red shoes. Player John Henson was also involved in the smoke alarm testing and installation.
Quincy Fire Department held a Fire Prevention Week open house on Saturday, October 13, sharing fire safety information, demonstarting the Jaws of Life, holding a smoke alarm raffle, and providing pizza for the children and adults of Quincy. Also participating in the open house were the Quincy Police Department, Fallon Ambulance Company, Quincy Hospital, and Operation Lifesaver rail safety program.