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ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- For the first time, over 150 fire safety leaders from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., to develop a strategic agenda to guide the nation's fire prevention efforts.

Called "Vision 20/20", this meeting will focus exclusively on the complex issues of fire prevention with the singular mission of developing actions that will move us toward a national, collective vision on how we can prevent and mitigate the fires that kill an average of 3,500 people every year.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States has one of the highest per-capita death rates in the industrialized world.

This project is funded under a grant from the Department of Homeland Security that was awarded to the Institution of Fire Engineers US Branch. A steering committee of 20 fire safety organizations has worked to advise this project and provide a diversity of input to ensure that the end result is a productive and invaluable resource. Leading into Vision 20/20, an online webinar connecting with 15 satellite locations will be held to gain even more information and ideas. Coupled with the extensive research that is being undertaken as part of this project, a wealth of new information and resources will be available to guide the discussion.

"This Forum will bring together some of the 'best and the brightest' from across the nation to focus on developing this much-needed national strategy for fire prevention," said Project Manager Jim Crawford, fire marshal for Vancouver, Washington. "President Truman first called for a strong focus on fire prevention at the President's Fire Prevention Conference of 1947 and, unfortunately, there has not been a strong, centralized agenda that all of us across the country can focus on in reducing the tragic loss of life that we see."

The Vision 20/20 Forum will be held in Washington, DC, on March 31 and April 1, immediately prior to the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute dinner. More information can be found online at