Since March, the Thomasville Fire Department has been preparing for its biggest fire safety event of the year, Safety Fest, which is held during Fire Prevention Week (FPW). For the past four years, the fire department, located in Thomasville, North Carolina, has partnered with the Thomasville Funeral !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d1203d82970c-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d1203d82970c-800wi|alt=FPW in a Box|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=FPW in a Box|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d1203d82970c img-responsive! Home in hosting this event. More than 20 area agencies are invited and hundreds of residents attend.
“The funeral home is right by our local library and between the funeral home and the library, it’s a great fit. It’s thinking outside the box,” says Thomasville Fire Department Division Chief Dolly Hulin. “The funeral home doesn’t book any funerals that afternoon. That gives us plenty of parking there and at the library.”
Hulin says the department’s resource for fire safety educational materials for Safety Fest is FPW in a Box. “It’s a one-stop-shopping kit. We have a volunteer who puts everything into goody bags and we’re ‘good to go’ for Fire Prevention Week.” This year the funeral home will be serving hot dogs so that families can have a meal when they come to Safety Fest.
She said she and other officials in her department feel comfortable making the purchase of FPW items because they also have the resources of the number of free materials NFPA makes available for the fire service.