Firefighter Nation suggests strategies for obtaining fire prevention educational materials

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Sep 6, 2012

Public educationA Firefighter Nation article by Jim Crawford dives into the various strategies for obtaining fire prevention educational materials. Jim discusses some advantages and disadvantages of both developing your own and purchasing these materials. Then, he graciously devotes an entire section of his article to NFPA materials that are available. 

He mentions that NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee debates and determines the proper messages to convey. A group of subject matter experts from around the nation can consider the latest available research and identify what it is we should be saying to promote the right behaviors. That basic message can then be put through a creative process to make it appealing to intended audiences; it can then be tested for literacy levels, translations and more. Since EMAC does this - you won't have to spend the time and resources on it while trying to develop your own materials. 

Many of NFPA's materials are free - including the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program and NFPA safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Specific Fire Prevention Week products may be purchased, many at low cost - however there is also a new program this year giving fire departments a way to create a Wish List of products and then ask community members to purchase and donate these to them. 

We appreciate Jim bringing awareness to our education materials and hope you will all look into them.