Maly Son, director of Springfield Vietnamese-American Civic Association, Thu Pham, program coordinator for the Vietnamese Health Project, Mercy Medical Center, and An Rocco, interpreter and translation services, Baystate Medical Center at the Civic Association health fair.
The Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, Massachusetts, kicked off its “Multi-Language Public Education Fire Safety Initiative” with its participation recently in the Springfield Vietnamese American Civic Association Health Fair. The department created informational poster boards in Vietnamese and distributed handouts of NFPA’s easy-to-read fire safety materials. Certified interpreters conversed with the public about fire safety in Vietnamese.
The fire department, recipient of this year’s NFPA Public Education Division Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant, hopes to cut down on the large number of fire calls generated by immigrant groups, in many cases because of unsafe cooking practices or unattended cooking. The fire safety initiative will be conducted primarily at cultural and community centers geared toward Somali, Russian, Nepali, Vietnamese, and Latino immigrants. Certified language interpreters are donating their services.