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The results are in on the 2012 implementation of Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults by the 29 teams of fire departments and home visit agencies awarded scholarships to participate in a training conference on the program in December 2011. By far, expectations were exceeded. More than 8,000 older adults were reached either through home visits or group presentations.
As part of the scholarship, the fire departments committed to conducting five group presentations to older adults and two train-the-trainer sessions for home visitors to older adults. The home visit agencies agreed to conduct at least 25 home visits. In many instances fire departments were able to provide double the number of train-the-trainers and group presentations. Some home visit agencies
were able to conduct hundreds of home visits.
“What I really love about the scholarship program is the process of bringing the partner organizations together and seeing the enthusiasm and follow through of the firefighters and the home visitors,” said Sharon Gamache, NFPA Public Education Division Program Director, High-Risk Outreach Programs. “I am inspired by their commitment.”
Each year since 2007 NFPA’s Public Education Division has awarded scholarships to teams of fire departments and home visit agencies for the training conference in Boston as part of its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults. NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention developed Remembering When to help older adults live safety at home as long as possible. A key component of the program is 16 safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention.