For the Record 10/12

Fire Grant Expands RSLN

The Cumberland Valley, PA, Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) was awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to continue lifesaving and injury prevention strategies for firefighters working on the roadways helping others. The competitive grant is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The grant of $396,000 will allow the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) to produce a number of new free learning modules. Almost 2,000 students are participating in the network by taking the tested modules that help train them to be safer while helping others on the highway.

All Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) curriculum is carefully vetted by a blue ribbon team of consultants that include the foremost experts on roadway incident scene safety and traffic control. Because roadway safety is a multidisciplinary problem, ERSI has enlisted professionals from the law enforcement, transportation, towing and recovery industry, government as well as the fire service.

Each module is validated to current best practices as included in the draft NFPA 1091 Traffic Control and Incident Management Professional Qualification Standard, the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) and the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management (NUG). Plans are to include all material from these source documents in a format of 20- to 30-minute tested modules. Student feedback on existing modules has been positive.


CCFS Awarded FP&S Grant

The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) has been awarded a $250,000 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an educational project targeting campus fire safety professionals.

The grant provides funding for CCFS to continue its critically acclaimed Firewise Campus training seminars across the country. These classes afford fire safety professionals a chance to gain an understanding of successful training methodologies for the college age group, as well as receive tools and resources that they can use to effectively educate students and work further to provide a fire-safe campus environment.

“Washington and the fire service members on the peer review boards continue to recognize that campus fire safety is an area of concern and understand the importance and value of investing in it,” said Paul D. Martin, CCFS president.

A primary mission for CCFS is to assist its campus-based colleagues, administrators, government officials and members of the fire service to work together and raise the consciousness of college students about fire safe behaviors at a critical point in their lives.

“Through a balanced approach to fire protection and application of the three E’s – education, engineering and enforcement – America will see senseless and tragic fire deaths and injuries prevented,” said Martin. “And that is what CCFS is all about.”

HFSC Awarded Federal Grant

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has been awarded a 2011 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant that will be used to help U.S. fire departments conduct more local educational outreach and to increase consumer interest in the life safety benefits of home fire sprinkler systems.

Key to HFSC’s grant award is fire department stipends that will underwrite local fire sprinkler educational activities. HFSC has been offering varied fire service educational stipends since 2010.

“These grant-funded stipends have made it possible for fire departments with virtually no public education budget to improve local awareness of the dangers of home fires and the power of home fire sprinkler systems,” HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul said.

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