Scuttlebutt 10/11

Longtime Chief Retires Pullman, WA, Fire Chief Pat Wilkins has retired after serving the fire department for more than 40 years, with 27 of those years as its chief. Wilkins was instrumental in a number of programs that helped the city achieve an...


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“I cannot say enough about these students who gave up their summer break to complete the course,” said Walker. “These young men and women have shown the motivation and dedication needed to become firefighters.”

 

Partnering For Prevention

Working in partnership with the National Association of State Fire Marshals, the International Fire Marshals Association and Cross Cultural Health Care Programs, nonprofit FIRE 20/20 will develop and implement a new online training program for first responders. The program, “Partnering for Prevention,” will help fire and emergency services departments across the nation increase the reach and effectiveness of fire prevention and community risk-reduction programs with their growing multicultural communities.

“Our country’s changing demographics are putting additional strains on fire prevention, community risk reduction and emergency response,” said Larry Sagen, FIRE 20/20 Executive Director. “Our research surveys showed that the already-complex nature of first response is further complicated by cultural divides, mistrust, few non-emergency interactions and language barriers. These vulnerabilities lead to increased safety risks for both first responders and the multicultural and high-risk communities they serve.”

Partnering for Prevention’s engaging, interactive training content will be available for free, 24 hours a day, eliminating travel expenses and time off-the-job, and offer opportunities for learning from any place with an internet connection.

“Fire 20/20 is spearheading this training program for the fire service to give them the ability to effectively interact, understand, and communicate with people across cultures,” said Steve Peavey, Second Vice President, International Fire Marshals Association. “We are pleased to be working with them on this important effort.”

Partnering for Prevention will be pilot tested in April, 2012, and made available to fire departments for their use shortly thereafter. To receive updates about the progress of the program's development and a launch alert, join the FIRE 20/20 eNewsletter at www.fire2020.org.

 

Fire Death Rates Improve Worldwide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) has released a special report examining the nature of the United States fire death problem and compares it to other industrialized nations.

The report, “Fire Death Rate Trends: An International Perspective,” was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center. The analyses in this report reveal the magnitude of the fire death problem; trends in overall rates and differences between the countries are also explored. The report is part of the Topical Fire Report Series and is based on fire death data from the World Fire Statistics Centre and U.N. Demographic Yearbook population estimate data.

According to the report:

  • From 1979 to 2007, the fire death rate in the United States declined by 66 percent. 
  • Over that same time span, fire death rates per million have consistently fallen throughout the industrialized world. 
  • The North American and Eastern European regions’ fire death rates have fallen faster than other regions.
  • Japan, a leader in fire safety, shows a slight worsening of fire death rates over the years studied.