Fire Corps and Home Safety Council Launch Fire Safety Module

Monday, 01 January 2007

Fire Corps and the Home Safety Council (HSC) launched a new fire safety module during HSC’s All-Ways Safe at Home Conference January 10-12 in Washington, DC. The module, called All-Ways Fire Safe at Home, contains all of the materials necessary to implement a comprehensive fire and life safety public education program at the local level. It can be ordered free-of-charge from the Fire Corps national office at 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The module is comprised of four fire safety education programs that Fire Corps teams can use to promote fire and life safety to community members in different stages of life, including preschool, elementary school, middle school, and older adult. Through these programs, Fire Corps teams and department members can easily deliver fire safety messages in their community, including at schools and senior centers.

"This was a great opportunity for Fire Corps and the Home Safety Council to work together to develop a comprehensive program to help Fire Corps members and departments bring important safety messages into the community," said Sarah Lee, Acting Fire Corps Director. "Fire and life safety education is a vital part of fire prevention campaigns, and this module is a valuable resource for educating key age groups with important life-saving messages."

In addition to working with HSC to launch the module, Fire Corps exhibited at the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Conference, informing attendees about the Fire Corps program. Congressman John Boozman (R-AR) was among the visitors to the Fire Corps booth. Dayna Hilton, Public Fire and Life Safety Educator for Johnson County (AR) RFD #1 and coordinator for the department’s successful Fire Corps Program, also conducted a session titled Evidence of Best Practices, where she described useful and effective ways to incorporate props into fire and life safety education presentations, a practice that has contributed to her Fire Corps team’s great success.

The Conference drew over 250 public fire and life safety educators as well as other health and safety professionals from around the country. The three-day event was the first national gathering to explore and share best practices in home fire and burn safety and disaster preparedness education.

The HSC is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships, and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information on the Home Safety Council, visit www.homesafetycouncil.org.

Fire Corps is the newest initiative under the Citizen Corps program and is administered on a national level by the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer & Combination Officers Section. Fire Corps allows community members to volunteer their time and talents to their local fire/EMS departments in a non-emergency capacity. These citizen volunteers enable the department personnel to focus their efforts on providing emergency services and also enable the departments to provide additional services they otherwise may not be able to offer. For more information about Fire Corps, visit www.firecorps.org.

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