Fire Prevention Week (FPW) was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire and to educate everyone about the importance of fire prevention. Every year NFPA and the Industrial Fire Protection Section (IFPS) recognize a company that best exemplifies the importance of Fire Prevention Week and its theme with the IFPS FPW Award.The award is a great way to acknowledge a company’s activities/outreach efforts and really showcases the great work of its employees and the work they do in the community. The 2015 award went to Siemens Building Technologies.
Mike Knoll, Director of Fire Safety Systems at Siemens Building Technologies accepting the IFPS FPW Award from Joan Paquet, Fire Protection Engineering Manager at Ford Motor Company and Chair of the IFPS Executive Board
Here’s a few highlights of what Siemens Building Technologies accomplished in an effort to promote the theme:
- Set up a major NFPA Fire Prevention Week Display in all buildings within the Siemens Campus in Buffalo Grove, IL
- NFPA FPW Posters were positioned in all Siemens offices to provide awareness of Fire Prevention Week
- Siemens Industry Affairs personnel manned the displays and answered questions from the employees on home fire safety and smoke alarms.
- Siemens Communications department published a special newsletter to all Siemens employees in North America to draw attention to the importance of smoke alarms in our homes, and the value of one smoke alarm in every bedroom.
- The NFPA Fire Prevention Week message was broadcast over the internal “Siemens TV” network and displayed throughout the buildings.
Jim Pauley, President of NFPA, stopped by the IFPS Business Meeting at the NFPA Conference & Expo to
congratulate Siemens Building Technologies for winning the IFPS FPW Award
This year’s FPW theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”
We will send out entry information to all section members via e-mail and regular mail in August. The deadline for entries is December 15, 2016. We highly recommend you work with your Communications or Public Relations teams to organize a Fire Prevention Week program in October at your organization. If you start planning now, you can have a great program put together for October. For more information, contact Sean Ryan, IFPS Executive Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org