Leadership

Older Citizens Taking Fire Safety Into Homes in Miami Target Areas

Issue 1 and Volume 132.

Older Citizens Taking Fire Safety Into Homes in Miami Target Areas features Miami Fire Department photos Residential fire safety surveyor was a new title added to the fire service lexicon last August by the City of Miami Fire Department when we introduced a fire prevention program manned by senior citizens age 55 and older. The participants in the Residential Fire Safety Surveyors Program are paid $5.40 an hour and work 20 hours per week. Federal funds for this program were provided through Title IX of the Older Americans Act. Contracts were negotiated through two local senior citizen agencies to provide applicants, which we screened for positions within this program. Our training program consisted of 80 hours and was essentially built around the Edmonds, Wash., training program plus some local innovations, including CPR training. Because of the large multi-ethnic population, we established a requirement that 50 percent of the employees must…

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