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Today, about 60 (from an applicant pool of over 1,100!) fire and life safety educators from rural fire departments across the U.S., are at our Quincy headquarters for a two day symposium diving into their particular needs and challenges.


Throughout the two days, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from many NFPA staff members on topics that will hopefully help them back home including NFPA's free public education resources, fire and life safety challenges and solutions, prevention efforts, and how to use data to learn about and develop solutions for the rural fire problem. One of these presentations will also be live streamed at 1:15pm ET today - so tune in to hear about big data tools for small departments by NFPA's Matt Hinds-Aldrich.


We hope to learn as much from attendees as they learn from us today as well, so there are many opportunities for brainstorming, sharing, questions and networking, and we are excited to have everyone here.


Want to get involved, or learn more? Join our Xchange Rural Firefighters Connection group to stay updated on the symposium's events as well as to network with attendees and others into the future.  

Public Information Specialist speaks before West Virginia Fire Service

Fire departments across The Mountain State have gathered in Charleston this week for the West Virginia Fire Safety Summit. Participants are being provided with an overview of NFPA Public Education resources, smoke alarm canvassing and installation tools, West Virginia fire statistics, and wildland fire safety information.

Courtney Rosemond, (pictured above) public information specialist with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and Public Education Network representative for NFPA, talked about the fire death rate in the state, which officials describe as a crisis, and programs the fire service needs to create to increase fire safety practices among residents.

In addition, experts from across the region exhibited tools and resources of use for fire safety education efforts.

Representatives of The American Red Cross, Kidde Fire Safety, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are among the participants of the two-day summit.

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