Free Online Resource Will Help Fire Corps Achieve its Public Safety Mission

Wednesday, 13 July 2005

Fire Corps has announced a public-private partnership with the nonprofit Washington, DC-based Home Safety Council (HSC). Among the cooperative activities underway is an effort by Fire Corps to facilitate increased fire service awareness and use of the Council’s public safety teaching tools.

 HSC’s high quality home fire and injury prevention education materials are available at no charge to members of the Expert Network (www.homesafetycouncil.org/expertnetwork). This comprehensive online service is available to U.S. fire and life safety advocates, including Fire Corps members and volunteers.

"We’re urging Fire Corps organizations across the country to join the Home Safety Council’s Expert Network," says Shawn P. Stokes, Director of Fire Corps. "The Expert Network’s free educational materials provide an essential public safety tool box for fire department educators and are ideal for presentation by Fire Corps citizen advocates. The Expert Network will help local fire departments stretch their public education budgets to teach more members of the community how to be safer from fire and other injuries."

The Home Safety Council Expert Network, which has more than 2,300 members to date, is a fast growing resource. Open to fire and life safety advocates, the majority of members are from the fire services. The Expert Network addresses the top causes of unintentional home injury, including the third-leading fire and burns, and contains high quality educational tools that can be accessed on demand, downloaded and in many cases tailored specifically to local needs.

In addition, members of the Expert Network receive exclusive mailings from the Home Safety Council with carefully selected "hard copy" teaching tools not available online, including high quality educational videos and printed materials.

"The Home Safety Council is committed to developing and maintaining partnerships that support the fire and life safety educators who are working so diligently to make their communities safer," says HSC president Meri-K Appy. "Teaming the Home Safety Council with Fire Corps is a natural connection that will benefit the thousands of citizen advocates who are extending the public safety mission of fire departments across the country. We are delighted that the Expert Network can be a part of the Fire Corps’ successful injury prevention work."

Representatives of registered Fire Corps programs can join the Expert Network online by visiting www.homesafetycouncil.org/expertnetwork and clicking "sign up." All new members will receive a welcome package with a variety of teaching tools, including three educational videos that address home fire safety and automatic fire sprinkler protection.

In addition, members of the Expert Network will be the first to receive the new national Fire Safety Literacy Project materials in 2005. The Project is an unprecedented initiative that introduces basic home fire safety information and instruction into existing adult literacy programs. Sponsored by the Home Safety Council with funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants, the Project is a cooperative effort with ProLiteracy Worldwide and Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection Publications. Learn more about the Fire Safety Literacy Project by visiting www.firesafetyliteracyproject.org.

As a program partner of the Department of Homeland Security’s grass-roots initiative Citizen Corps, Fire Corps works through local Citizen Corps Councils to promote opportunities for citizens to assist their local fire and EMS departments. Fire Corps serves as a gateway to information for and about fire department programs and meets a citizen's desire to serve, as well as a department's need for support.

Fire Corps is coordinated nationally by the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Volunteer

Combination Officers Section, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the Department of Homeland Security's US Fire Administration and Office of State and Local Government Preparedness and Coordination.

The Home Safety Council (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 keep them safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.
 

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