Prevention & Safety, what else...
I need some help from all of you. My department has neglected over the many years that we've been established and running to develop a safety and prevention program. I am looking for ideas, reference materials, etc. to utilize in our mission.
To begin this grand adventure, our department needs to obtain reference materials and resources to distribute to our residents. We've talked about purchasing a digital camera with video capabilities so that we can develop our own program, but I'm not sure if we're digging a hole by wanting to do this. It would be more familiar to our folks if we made it ourselves, but how many of you have done this and what kind of problems have you run into doing this?
Once our department is all ready to go with materials, we want to kick off the program by hanging banners and doing some publicizing. Make the grand announcement, and publicize our web site (which right now is a sore subject). Shortly after that I want to send out some type of flyer to the public, just a 'check your detectors, know your exits, etc...' kind of thing. But I kind of want to craft it so that it's from our department and more local rather than a generic NFPA flyer. Anyone know of any problems with this? I am very tech savvy and can design the flyer, but just wondering specifically if there would be problems with copyrights, etc...
Then there's the program that we need to develop for the middle and high schools, which reside in our area. We used to work with EMS, law enforcement, life flight and put on a big show, but it came to an end a few years back.
I saw on NFPA's site that they have special flyers for elderly folks and disabled folks. I wonder if anyone in our area would be offended if we sent special info to them or not? I want this program to be a success and not upset anyone of course.
Thanks for any information you can provide.
Kids Firefighter Challenge
Sorry I didn't tell you my name. I'm Paul Reese.
The Batesville, MS website is www.batesvillefire.com. Rip Copeland is their ramrod for fire safety education and is working on their Kids Firefighter Challenge. Brian Balch works full time at the Florence, AL FD. Their website is www.florencefirerescue.com Brian is an engineer on Rescue 2 on B Shift. They can give you some good help.
You could write for one of the fire prevention grants for everything but a truck to pull the trailer. I'd estimate you will need in the neighborhood of $30K, plus the truck to pull it; but that is a loose, ballpark estimate.
My invitation to the 2006 MAPFSE Conference was serious. I've got some really great ideas there. Think about it - if your department sends you, it's a paid trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast before hurricane season. From my research, I was under the impression that North Carolina had some good Fire Safety Education regional and state associations. Are they inactive right now?
Keep the faith. Just by using this forum, you are doing more than a lot of others. Let me know if this helps.
We're working on our website. It's www.grenadafd.com