Fire Prevention and Life Safety Program Resources

It’s Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” While this week has a specific focus on fire prevention, departments should be reaching out to the community all year long with messages to increase public safety and reduce instances of fires and other emergencies. Now is a great time to look for ways to enhance your department’s fire prevention and community education programming. Here are a few resources to help:

NVFC Virtual Classroom: The teamed up with First Alert to develop a series of online courses to help give fire departments the tools they need to reduce community risk. These include First Line of Defense: Installing Smoke Alarms, Protecting Against the Silent Killer: Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors, and Home Fire Preparedness: Fire Extinguisher Best Practices. All courses are free for NVFC members.

Fire Corps: Non-operational volunteers can be a great asset for developing and implementing fire prevention and safety programs in the community. Find resources and tools for developing or enhancing a non-operational volunteer program through Fire Corps. You can also access resources such as a guide to fire and life safety education and tools for conducing smoke alarm and home safety checks.

Make Me A Firefighter Campaign: Fire prevention programs and events can also be a great way to let your community know your department needs more volunteers. The NVFC’s Make Me A Firefighter department portal allows you to create customized recruitment materials as well as has additional resources such as an event planning guide.

NFPA Resources: The National Fire Protection Association has free resources on the Fire Prevention Week and public education sections of its web site to help fire departments and other educators increase public safety and decrease instances of fires. They also provide the Educational Messages Advisory Committee Desk Reference for language to use in fire safety programs.

USFA Resources: The U.S. Fire Administration has free fire prevention and public education materials to help fire departments increase community awareness about preventing home fires.

Vision 20/20 Resources: Vision 20/20 is an organization dedicated to community risk reduction. Find resources, tools, guides, and more to help implement a community risk reduction program on their web site.

FPW Facebook Live: The NVFC recently hosted a Facebook Live discussion with fire prevention experts to discuss how to engage the public during Fire Prevention Week and throughout the year with important safety messages. View the recording on the NVFC’s Facebook page.

Webinar: The NVFC recently hosted a webinar with fire prevention expert Michael McLeieer on “Effective Public Education: Connecting with Your Community.” The recorded version is available for free in the NVFC’s Virtual Classroom.