Note: NFPA Division Manager for Public Education, Judy Comoletti, took a few moments away from the summit today to send us this blog post on the latest activity at the event.
Day 2 of the Alabama Fire Safety Summit, which received local newspaper coverage, is underway in Tuscaloosa. More than 70 members of
the fire service are in attendance to learn about fire and life safety education resources available
from NFPA. Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell (pictured above) is giving the audience
an overview of NFPA’s free materials and how to use them at the local level. Joining Kelly and me at the
conference are NFPA regional directors Randy Safer and John Caufield.
Today’s summit opened with an overview of ongoing fire problems in Alabama and its “Turn Your
Attention to Fire Prevention” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise community awareness
of the importance of taking personal responsibility for fire prevention. Social media plays a big role in the
campaign, which reaches communities throughout the state.
The Learn Not to Burn® programs, Sparkyschoolhouse.org and Fire Prevention Week are being introduced to attendees. They will receive a set of preschool, kindergarten and grade 1 Learn Not to Burn programs. Fire Prevention Week free materials online and for-purchase resources are being outlined.
The Remembering When™ program is being highlighted as a resource to reach older adults in the community. Kelly invited attendees to apply for the 2016 Remembering When Training Conference to be held November 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.
State Farm Insurance funded duplication of NFPA on-line materials and food for the summit. Vendors exhibiting, include Kidde, Safe Kids Alabama, The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dig 811, Alabama Forestry Commission, and Alabama Power. The summit is a partnership of NFPA, State Farm Insurance, Alabama Fire College, Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs, and the
Tuscaloosa Fire Department.
Last night a similar version of the summit was held as a “night school” for volunteer fire departments. More than 40 members of the fire service attended the 3-hour summit. Several of the attendees have requested that this event be held on an annual basis.
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