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It’s fun having out-of-town guests. There’s the preparation to make sure they’ll feel welcomed, and the excitement as their arrival time approaches. We at NFPA are in this position on a regular basis, hosting visitors, not only from out-of-town, but from other countries.

In early October we opened our doors to visitors from the fire service in South Korea. The group, including an interpreter, spent part of an afternoon here at NFPA headquarters touring our library, meeting rooms, boardroom, and new conference center.

I gave a presentation on the educational programs and materials of the Public Education Division. Our guests were intrigued by our Remembering When program. They were curious as to how to get fire departments and home visitor agencies to collaborate on providing fire and fall safety education to older adults.

They asked all kinds of questions of NFPA Project Coordinator, International Operations, Stacey Van Zandt and NFPA Vice President, Field Operations, Donald Bliss during their visit and seemed thrilled as they walked through the building, as if they were touring the home of their favorite celebrity or dignitary. They told us that coming to NFPA was a highlight of their visit to the United States.

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This year’s FireShows™West Conference and Expo attracted more than 1,000 participants and many of them learned something they didn’t already know about NFPA. The NFPA booth at the expo last week was a popular destination for attendees. Public Education Division Regional Education Specialist Jeff Donahue was there, handing out samples of NFPA materials, and shepherding people through the Fire Prevention Week, Sparky® and Sparky School House sites. Booth visitors were encouraged to sign up for Safety Source, the Public Education Division newsletter.

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Polo Ridge Elementary School, in Charlotte, North Carolina, won first place in the Charlotte Fire Department's 25th Annual Bulletin Board Contest. According to the fire department, the first-place win included a surprise awards ceremony at the school last week, as well as a check for $3,000, a plaque, student and teacher prizes, and the opportunity to keep the traveling trophy for a year.

 

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7dd1d73970b-320wi.jpgDuring the awards celebration, students demonstrated how to get low and go under smoke, and divided into teams in a race to help firefighters put on their turnout gear.

 

Charlotte Fire Department and the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office sponsor the program, in which third grade students created a bulletin board focused on this year's Fire Prevention Week theme: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm. Schools submitted a photo of their bulletin board and a two-minute video in which students explained how they created the entry and how it ties in with the theme.

 

This year, 30 schools participated and six took home prizes.

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