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  • Free Smoke Alarms for Registered Fire Corps Teams – Order Yours Today!

    Free smoke alarms are available to registered Fire Corps programs through the Fire Corps/First Alert Smoke Alarm Donation Program. You can request up to 12 dual sensor, 24 photo, or 24 ion smoke alarms to distribute or install in your community. Quantities are limited and restrictions may apply.

    Apply for your alarms by filling out the Smoke Alarm Request Form. Please be sure your department and/or agency is registered with Fire Corps before submitting your application. Learn more about Fire Corps and register for free at www.firecorps.org.

    Smoke alarm resources, provided by the National Fire Protection Association:

    • Click here to learn more about smoke alarm maintenance and installation.
    • Click here for a smoke alarm ten-minute, mini-lesson plan for fire and life safety educators.

    About First Alert and BRK Brands, Inc.
    BRK Brands, Inc. (Aurora, IL), is a fully owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (Rye, NY) NYSE:JAH, a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. For 50 years, BRK Brands, Inc. has been the manufacturer of First Alert®-branded home-safety products, the most trusted and recognized safety brands in America. BRK® Brands designs and develops innovative safety solutions including Tundra® Fire Extinguishing Spray, ONELINK® wireless alarms and a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to protect what matters most. Such products are also marketed under the BRK Electronics® brand, The Professional Standard for the builder and contractor audiences. BRK Brands, Inc. products are found in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.firstalert.com, http://www.brkelectronics.com or http://www.jarden.com.

  • NFPA Announces Theme for 2014 Fire Prevention Week

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA announced the theme at its 2014 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas on June 9.

    “Smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy. “Unfortunately, many home fire deaths result from fires where a smoke alarm is present but does not operate. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on motivating people to test their smoke alarms each month to make sure they’re working properly.”

    According to NFPA statistics:

    • Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
    • On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
    • In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

    “Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”

    NFPA recommends:

    • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
    • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
    • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

    Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations, and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America.

    For more information on Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign theme, visit www.fpw.org.

    About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.


     

  • Wildfire Preparedness Resources Available

    Wildfires pose a huge threat to many communities across the country. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has resources available through the Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) to help fire departments and Fire Corps teams prepare their communities in advance of the next wildfire.

    WFAP is a joint initiative of the NVFC and the U.S. Forest Service to provide volunteer firefighters and Fire Corps programs with the tools, resources, and training they need to conduct assessments for homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and help make their communities more fire-adapted. Resources available through the program include:

    • Online Training: consists of four modules that cover understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources.
    • WFAP Toolkit: provides information and resources in a train-the-trainer format that can be used to teach the fundamentals of performing home assessments with and for residents living in communities that are susceptible to wildfires.
    • Assessment Tools: consists of the WFAP online checklist and online data-tracking system for a fire/EMS department to record how many assessments have been performed and recommendations made to residents.
    • Supplemental Resources: contains customizable documents to help implement and market the WFAP program in your community.
    • Wildland Fire Assessment Resource Listing: provides a comprehensive list of available training courses, tools, and resources designed to help firefighters address structural assessments in the WUI as well as prepare their communities before the next wildfire.

     
    Access all of these resources on the WFAP webpage at http://www.nvfc.org/programs/wildland-fire-assessment-program.

    Find additional resources for wildfire preparedness from Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise, and Ready, Set, Go!


Citizens Helping Fire and EMS

Since its start in 2004, Fire Corps has helped fire and EMS departments in 49 states to build more capacity by engaging community volunteers to assist in a variety of non-emergency roles. These community volunteers can make a real difference for their local department, both by expanding the services a department can offer and by enabling first responders to focus more on training and response activities. Fire Corps is a partner program under the Citizen Corps initiative and is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fire Corps Stats

1,509
Programs
21,291
Volunteers
49
States