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The North Shore Fire Department in Wisconsin, recipient of the 2015 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant, is more than halfway to its goal of conducting home safety assessments as part of its “Prevent, Prepare, and React” campaign. So far, 72 of 125 assessments have been completed.
A risk analysis of the seven communities the fire department serves showed that the percentage of adults 65 and over was above the national average. In 2014, NFPA awarded the fire department and local health department training through the Remembering When™ Conference to administer fire and fall prevention education to older adults. Since then, the team presented Remembering When to more than 300 residents and conducted 28 home assessments. Data compiled during the assessments showed that none of the homes had properly fitted smoke alarms.
North Shore received a grant from Wal-Mart to purchase 100 ten-year smoke alarms . Most have been installed. In addition to providing support for the 125 home safety assessments, The Rolf Jensen Grant is being used to purchase close to 300 smoke alarms to be installed.
The grant provides $5,000 to one local fire department annually to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign.
“We’re fired up about this program and are out making a difference every day thanks to NFPA,” says North Shore Battalion Chief John Maydak, pictured above at left with Chief Robert Whitaker.
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