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SCOTT SAFETY has pledged $10,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. The donation will go to help firefighters impacted by severe disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. The fund provides stipends of $250 to help firefighters meet basic needs in the wake of a federal- or state-declared disaster.
“We are grateful for this generous contribution from Scott Safety and their continued support of the fire and emergency services,” said NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer. “We have received over a hundred requests for assistance from volunteer first responders whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Sandy. Thanks to support from individuals and organizations like Scott Safety, we are able to provide assistance to those in need.”
The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund relies entirely on the support of individuals and organizations to assist volunteer first responders in need. The NVFC donates all administrative costs associated with the fund, so 100% of contributions go to help volunteer first responders impacted by disaster. With Hurricane Sandy, the fund was receiving more requests than it could fulfill, but donations from Scott Safety, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and individuals enabled the NVFC to meet the demand.
In addition to donating to the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, Scott Safety donated 30 Air-Pak self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department and two other volunteer departments in Breezy Point, NY, and will also donate 20 Air-Paks to an affected fire department in New Jersey. Breezy Point, a community largely populated by firefighters and police officers, was hit especially hard by Sandy. At the same time a storm surge caused flooding, the community was hit by one of New York City’s worst residential fires in 150 years. In all, 111 houses were lost in the fire, and many more were ruined or damaged by wind and flood waters.
HOME FIRE SPRINKLER COALITION (HFSC), through funding from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, will offer two new stipend programs to U.S. fire departments looking to increase home fire sprinkler education in their communities.
One of the two stipend programs this year is a new concept in home fire sprinkler education. The non-profit HFSC will award 15 U.S. fire departments with $1,500 stipends to partner and complete an education program with local technical/vocational schools where students will learn about the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems. Students will work with the fire departments to construct side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration units, which will be used for demonstrations during public education events. The students will also review an HFSC educational video and complete a corresponding quiz. Students who participate in the program will be recognized with “Built For Life” certificates.
The partnerships will establish a home fire sprinkler education program within each school, teaching students about the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems and how the systems can be incorporated as selling features in future home-builds. Each program will culminate with students constructing the demonstration units for a live home fire sprinkler demonstration to be hosted by the fire department for a public education event.
“Through the fire department partnerships with local technical schools, HFSC’s educational materials will be able to reach future building trades people to establish facts about home fire sprinklers early on,” said Peg Paul, HFSC communication manager.
The second stipend program replicates the success of HFSC stipends of the past, once again offering $1,000 stipends to U.S. fire departments nationwide to conduct live home fire sprinkler demonstrations within their communities. This year, 25 U.S. fire departments will receive the $1,000 stipends to pay for materials to build the demonstration units. HFSC provides guidance for building the units and conducting a public education event through its free Fire and Sprinkler Burn Demonstration Kit.