Expanding horizons during Fire Prevention Week

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Aug 15, 2011

Reaching new cultures & communities Reaching out to immigrant populations during Fire Prevention Week provides a great opportunity to experience new cultures and foster trust within the community.  Recent increases in urban and rural immigrant populations pose unique challenges for fire departments trying to acclimate the nation’s newcomers with fire safety.  Language barriers and cultural differences may make it especially difficult to communicate important safety information.  How is an American firefighter supposed to teach an immigrant about smoke alarms who only speaks Mandarin?  Fortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has helpful hints and resources for anyone looking to reach out to local immigrant communities during Fire Prevention Week.

-Courtney Flynn