NFPA Launches Refreshed Older Adult Fire and Fall Safety Program
Materials used by fire departments and other safety educators
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced a new version of Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. Program materials, available for download at no cost, are widely used by fire departments and other safety educators interested in reaching older adults with fire and fall prevention messages developed especially for them. The revised program includes updated fire and fall statistics, safety messaging, trivia, art work, and inclusion of “younger” older adults.
Since 1999, Remembering When has been implemented in communities throughout North America to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. The program’s foundation remains the same: the 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – developed by experts from national and local safety organizations and focus group testing in high fire-risk states. The program will continue to be implemented through group presentations, home visits, and as part of smoke alarm installation and fall intervention programs. All of the revised training materials are available online.
“Over the next decades, the population of older adults will increase dramatically,” said Karen Berard-Reed, senior project manager for NFPA. “The new version targets adults who are just entering their older years. We hope to encourage these ‘younger’ older adults to develop important safety habits that will carry them through their senior years and help those around them develop safer behaviors.”
Representatives of fire departments and home visit agencies across the United States and Canada that have been chosen to participate in the Remembering When conference December 1-3, 2013, in Boston, will be the first trained with updated materials.
“Training is available for fire and life safety educators at the annual NFPA Remembering When Conference and at a variety of state and regional venues,” added Berard-Reed. “However, you do not have to attend a training to use the program. Tools, along with support materials to assist instructors, are readily available online to be downloaded at no cost.”
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The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council to provide departments with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). WFAP has several in-person trainings scheduled throughout 2013. Participate in this free training to learn how you can protect your community before a wildfire strikes.
WFAP is the first program that specifically prepares volunteer firefighters and non-operational department volunteers for how to conduct a WUI home assessment and what to look for during an assessment, as well as provides supplemental materials needed to determine how close they are to becoming a fire-adapted community. The four-part, train-the-trainer course covers the following topics: understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources.
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Saturday, September 14 at the ID Fire Service Training Center – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Saturday, September 21 at the Stillwater Community Center – Stillwater, OK
Saturday, October 5 at the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal – Raleigh, NC
Saturday, November 2 at the SC Fire Academy – Columbia, SC
Saturday, December 7 at the MI Fire Service Training Center – Grand Rapids, MI
Saturday, December 14 at the IA Fire Services Training Bureau - Ames, IA
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