At the end of each year the recipient of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides us with a final report of accomplishments. The 2013 winner was the Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, Massachusetts. Officials there say the grant enabled them to help residents change unsafe cooking and heating habits and implement what they learned about fire safety.
The “Multi-Language Public Education Fire Safety Initiative” concentrated on Springfield’s growing population of Somali, Russian, Nepali, Vietnamese, and Latino immigrants, and the city’s older residents.
The fire department reached more than 3,400 residents, including 615 over the age of 65, primarily at cultural and community centers. Interpreter and translation services were provided. NFPA’s easy-to-read materials, available in multiple languages, were enlarged and placed onto poster boards. Plans are underway to continue the program.
There is still time to apply for this year’s grant. The application deadline is February 7. The $5,000 grant, open to any local fire department–career or volunteer–supports a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign.
(Photos courtesy of the Springfield Fire Department)