Fire Safety Round Up

Received a note from Ed Comeau sharing that there will be a free webinar entitled, “Community Risk Reduction- doing it in the USA!” this coming Monday, April 11th at 11:00 am. Eastern time. The webinar, sponsored by Vision 20/20 through a DHS Fire and Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch, will take a look at successful community risk reduction projects.

It sounds like the webinar has a great panel of speakers from across the nation who will be discussing their experiences and sharing tips on how you can use their methods in your community to reduce the loss of life and property. The lineup of speakers include: Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fire Chief Mike Duyck, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Oregon, Deputy Chief Officer Mike Hagen, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, United Kingdom and Jim Crawford, Vision 20/20 Project Manager.

From the description of the webinar, Community Risk Reduction focuses on integrating front line operations personnel into managing and reducing risk in the community. This concept has been used very successfully in other countries, in some cases reducing fire fatalities by 50%, and is currently being pilot tested across the United States.

If you haven’t participated in a webinar before, webinars provide the perfect opportunity to learn in the comfort of your own home or office, without the expense of traveling. This is a great benefit to those of us with reduced budgets.

To register, click here.  

Congratulations Peg Carson!

Congratulations to Peg Carson, who was awarded the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education at the Congressional Fire Service Institute dinner in Washington DC this last Thursday. Peg is a public education specialist in fire and life safety with Carson Associates, Inc. and has been involved with many programs involving fire safety over the years. Well deserved, Peg! 

Autism Resource Available On-Line

It was not until I read that a 12 year old boy with autism had helped his family escape from fire, only to return back into his house (he was later found by firefighters partially under his bed), that I learned of a valuable resource online. According to their site, autism effects 1 in 91 people today the rate is growing at a rate of 10 - 15% per year (CDC Statistic).

The site includes information for educators (including information on the types of learning styles which I found to be very useful), links, as well as upcoming training. I noticed that there will be an upcoming class at the June 14, 2011, NFPA Conference, Boston, MA, which I look forward to attending. Should you be at the conference, you might want to attend the class and learn more to add to your fire safety toolbox.

Siren and Tango wanted me to show you a picture of their new fire safety rug. The rug will be put in our new safety clubhouse after it is constructed. The rug is very colorful and the dogs enjoy demonstrating their various fire safety tricks on it. Hope to have video soon.

If you have any upcoming events or resources that you would like to share, please send me a note at Would love to hear what you have going on with your fire safety efforts.  

Until next time, stay safe!