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LAFD and NFPA stress pet and horse preparedness at America’s PrepareAthon event

Throughout the U.S. thousands of all-hazard preparedness events took place on September 30, during FEMA’s America’s PrepareAthon. I had the privilege of attending one of those events at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center where fire department personnel and NFPA encouraged pet and horse owners to take the steps…


Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety

Donald P. Bliss named vice president of CTIF Executive Committee

The Comité Technique Internationale de Prévention et d’Extinction du Feu – commonly referred to as CTIF – recently named Donald P. Bliss, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) vice president of field operations, as vice president for CTIF’s Executive Committee. This appointment marks the fourth time in modern history that an American has been voted vice president of the CTIF committee. Bliss follows Ron Coleman, Russ Sanders, and Luther Fincher, each of whom has previously served as CTIF vice president.

Source: NFPA News Release

Embracing success in the wildland/urban interface

As we explore how to have a Year of Living Less Dangerously From Wildfire in light of the horrible loss experienced by some communities this year, a good way to begin is by looking at the success of some communities who have embraced a lifestyle of change by integrating Firewise…


Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety

Officials give nod to Fire Prevention Week

Proclamation signed

The mayor of Westminster, Colorado, has declared October Fire Prevention Month in the city. Mayor Herb Atchison's signed proclamation was presented at a recent city council meeting. Westminster Fire Department Public Education Officer Sherrie Leeka is pictured above holding the proclamation, flanked by City Councilor Emma Pinter and Westminster Fire Department Deputy Chief Derik Minard.

Fire Prevention Week 2015 (2)

In a ceremony in the state capitol in Topeka, Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation last week recognizing Fire Prevention Week in the state. He was surrounded by city and fire officials, as well as other leaders in the community.

Governor BrownIn addition, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (right), in support of Fire Prevention Week, has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. During October, the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, the American Red Cross, Bi-Mart, the Oregon Food Bank, and fire agencies statewide are teaming up to raise awareness of the importance of having working smoke alarms in the areas where you sleep.

NFPA’s media materials for Fire Prevention Week include sample gubernatorial and mayoral proclamations. These can be used to spotlight the fire safety work of first responders in your city, state, or province, and help reinforce the lifesaving messages associated with this year’s theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” A proclamation-signing ceremony can be a great photo opportunity for the media, and valuable exposure for a fire department.

For those planning to purchase FPW materials, now is a great time to do so with Fire Prevention Week only a few days away.

Source: NFAP Safety Info