TX Department Starts Fire Safety Program as Fire Deaths Soar
April 19, 2022 Firehouse
The San Antonio Fire Department has launched a fire safety program as fire related deaths in 2022 have surpassed the total deaths from 2021.
Community Risk Reduction: What Makes a CRR Program Successful?
March 14, 2022 Firehouse
Daniel Byrne tells of how a fire chief’s commitment to his department’s members and his community’s citizens served as the basis for the development of a community risk reduction program that grew into one of the best in the United States.
Community Risk Reduction: Redefining the ‘First Responder’ and Reimagining CRR
January 17, 2022, Firehouse
From “leather lungs” to SCBA, from solely fire suppression to all-hazard response, from primarily response to proactive community risk reduction (CRR), the evolution of the fire service has been a continual paradigm shift, whether it has been by choice or forced because of changes in science and society.
NYC, Philly tragedies highlight need to strengthen CRR efforts, trauma support
January 9, 2022, FireRescue1
In the wake of two fires that left dozens dead, including many children, we must reinforce our life safety messages and focus on member support
Community Risk Reduction: Outside of the Box: Increasing CRR Efforts
Nov. 15, 2021 Daniel Byrne pleads with Firehouse Magazine readers to reach out to their counterparts on the emergency management side to seek ways that the two entities’ efforts can make each other more effective.
“I have all of the personnel and resources that I need,” said no fire chief ever. When applied to prevention efforts and community risk reduction services, that statement becomes even more tongue-in-cheek.
As our world seemingly goes from one crisis to another—from pandemics and climate change to civil unrest and terrorism—and with fire being an ever present but less accentuated risk, fire departments are challenged daily, with no respite in sight. As the most visual and trusted community-based emergency service, continually challenged by limited resources, fire departments must consider expanding their partnerships in an effort to increase their community outreach as well as their service delivery.
DID YOU KNOW? THE CVVFA & SPARKY CONNECTION
Oct 30, 2021 Sparky the fire dog, created and copyrighted by NFPA, is the most recognized symbol of fire prevention anywhere. What most folks don’t know is that he CVVFA helped build the brand by advocating and sponsoring Sparky Fire Departments in the Mid-Atlantic region in the 1950’s and ’60’s. So successful was the program, the CVVFA received an award from NFPA for its work and Middletown PA Sparkies were featured in Parade Magazine. Two of those young men are active members in the CVVFA. Jack Still and Jim Wealand, who joined Sparkies while in grade school went on to have long careers in the fire service after being members of Sparky departments. Jim is involved in preserving Sparky history working with the local historical society.
Designing Spaces Fire Protection Special
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PROPERTY FROM FIRE
Oct 6, 2021 Nobody knows when or how a fire will spark — but we know that every 24 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the country. Those fires cause more than 3,500 civilian deaths and more than 14 billion dollars in property damage.
On this special edition of Designing Spaces, we’ll show you how to make your home and business a safer place.
The Foundation of Community Risk Reduction
Seatbelt Use & Distracted Driving
Drowning Prevention & Water Safety
Aging Matters: A Multimodule CRR Program
Leveling-up CRR: Beyond teaching kids to ‘stop, drop and roll’
Apr 2, 2021 Use innovative methods, modern technology to educate your community about fire safety
Remember the good ol’ days when we’d send the department’s prized engine out to a school or public event with air horns blasting and lights flashing? The children would cheer, and we’d give a talk about “stop, drop and roll.”
Fire prevention education has a rich history of big red trucks and plastic fire helmets. But is this the education that the fire service needs to provide residents in our communities?
How to expand your department’s community outreach with strategic partnerships
Dec. 9, 2019 Start by developing these three national and local relationships, which are essential to the fire service
It’s the time of year when your 2020 budget has been approved, your staffing and new purchases have been allocated (or not), and the key elements of your strategic plan have been decided. Or have they?
What are your thoughts on new strategic partnerships – ones that can help make your department more efficient and responsive to the needs of your community?
‘Keep the Wreath Red’: A CRR program for the holidays
Nov. 11, 2019 The simple act of changing bulb colors on station wreaths engages citizens in fire safety messages.
While October was Fire Safety Month, inclusive of Fire Prevention Week, we are now approaching the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, with all of their special fire hazards. From fires sparked by holiday decorations to kitchen fires from an overloaded appliance, it’s the time of year for increased fire calls – and an increase in the number of fire deaths and injuries, and the heartbreak when they involve children.
Community Risk Reduction on Every Call: Don’t Look the Other Way
Nov. 4, 2016 Joseph Manuse says the holiday season is a prime time to look for fire safety hazards at homes after emergencies handled.
It’s an early January morning while you’re conducting station duties and an alarm comes in for a person having trouble breathing. Your crew quickly gets on the rig and upon arrival, your crew begins patient care until the ambulance arrives. At that point, care is transferred and the firefighters step back to allow the ambulance crew to take over. While on scene, you realize the smoke alarm in the hallway is open and the battery is missing. The scene is relatively calm and the patient is stable and doing much better. Do you address the situation or should a blind eye be turned because that’s not why we are there?