Memphis Fire Department partners with NFPA to reduce fire deaths and injuries

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jan 9, 2013

In 2012 and 2013, NFPA Public Education Division has been working with the Memphis Fire Department  on a urban project to develop strategies to reduce deaths and injuries in Memphis, particularly in high-risk-to-fire neighborhoods. Some of the partnership activities include using data to determine the highest-risk populations, conducting discussion groups among firefighters serving the communities with the most fire runs, conducting focus groups among residents of the high-risk communities and ministers and faith-based leaders serving those communities, Fire Prevention Week outreach, and training Memphis public education staff on NFPA public education programs .
Daryl Payton, chief of Operations for the Memphis Fire Department, said that he appreciates that NFPA is working with the fire department on strategies to reduce fire deaths in high-risk communities. He said that Memphis Fire Department personnel think that working with the faith-based communities will be particularly important to Memphis residents.

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Pictured below are the Memphis public education staff and firefighters from Station one who participated in a train-the-trainer session for Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conducted by Sharon Gamache and Judy Comoletti at the Memphis Fire Museum

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Remembering When training in Memphis includes role plays of teaching the Remembering When fire prevention behaviors.

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Pictured are firefighters from Engines 10 and 14 at Station 14 who participated in discussions about serving the people of their community conducted by NFPA.

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Deputy Chief Operations Daryl Payton and fire safety educators Marion Nance and Patrice Lester participate in an educational session on using NFPA’s website.