Partnering for Prevention: Reaching out to diverse communities

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 18, 2013

Partnering for preventionEducating consumers about home fire sprinklers is difficult, despite all the free educational materials available from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Reaching out to diverse communities with the message requires special skill, and obtaining “buy-in” from these members of your community may be the key to winning the battle for home fire sprinkler requirements.

Diverse communityPartnering For Prevention™, a free online training program has become available. The online training was developed in partnership with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), the International Association of Fire Marshals (IFMA), Vision 20/20, and Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department. The program was funded through a FEMA Fire Prevention Grant.

The program teaches fire and emergency services personnel (career and volunteer) how to more effectively engage their multicultural communities.

Partnering For Prevention™ is based on findings from two national research studies completed by FIRE 20/20. Training content includes and features strategies and tactics from fire service experts across the U.S., as well as interviews with leaders from 12 multicultural and high-risk communities including: Hispanic, African American, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Ukrainian, and Sikh, senior, deaf, hard of hearing and homeless.

To register and log into the Partnering For Prevention online training, go to the FireRescue1 Academy.  For more information about the program contact Odessa Kawai, FIRE 20/20 Interim Executive Director