Don't miss out on the Built for Life Fire Department Program

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Feb 24, 2011

Is your department taking advantage of this valuable, useful and free resource that can help your educators reach their public safety goals? The Built for Life Fire Department Program was launched by the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) in response to a national Home Safety Council/John’s Hopkins survey of U.S. chiefs that showed that only 6% of departments were able to teach about home fire sprinklers.

HFSC earned a Fire Prevention & Safety Grant to develop the program with a goal of increasing that number by 10%. Their premise was that more fire departments would teach about home fire sprinklers if they had free materials and support.

They were right! HFSC exceeded its original goal, and they’ve continued to grow the program since. Today, there are more than 2,000 Built for Life Fire Departments, and the program is still growing.

If your department hasn’t yet joined, you’re missing out on a great resource and effective materials to help you add this important public-safety message to your educational outreach. Last year, HFSC gave $1,000 stipends to more than 100 local fire departments to help them build and present live flashover and sprinkler side-by-side demonstrations. Program members are the first to receive new educational materials and are regularly invited to participate in HFSC outreach activities, such as the stipend program.

So what are you waiting for? Sign your department up today.

- Peg Paul is the executive director of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.