The Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch’s Vision 20/20 project has been awarded a DHS Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to expand its work in Community Risk Reduction and to promote the use of working smoke alarms. A key part of this year’s grant will be to hold a symposium focusing on model prevention programs that will include attendees from every state. Previous symposiums have brought together experts to share what works in their community with presentations about local programs that emphasize the importance of evaluating prevention efforts using model performance measures.
At this symposium, participants will receive training in proven methods to promote smoke alarm installation in their community, including a new, free, outreach tool called the Materials Generator. This online tool allows fire departments to tailor educational materials about the need for working smoke alarms that they can use in community programs..
Attendees will also receive training on the Home Safety Visit Guide, an online guide to developing and expanding home safety visits, and the Advocacy Toolkit, developed under previous DHS FP&S grants and with support from the private sector.
The grant will allow Vision 20/20 to keep moving forward with its efforts to increase the use of Community Risk Reduction concepts in the fire service, including home safety visits, and encourage people to purchase and install smoke alarms.