Fire departments and older adult outreach agencies encouraged to apply
May 3, 2010 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is currently accepting applicants to attend the fourth annual Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults Conference. NFPA will be selecting representatives from up to 35 communities to attend the conference at the Marriott Longwharf in Boston, Mass., November 14-16.
Representatives must support and have the authority, commitment, and ability to oversee the implementation of Remembering When at a local level. Sponsored representatives must consist of two-person teams made up of a member of the fire department and an individual from an agency that serves older adults in the community through home visits. This includes visiting nurses associations, home health care agencies, area agencies on aging, senior centers, places of worship, and other similar groups. The partner agency must have a home visit mechanism in place.
Each sponsored team will receive a training workshop in Boston from November 14-16, with all travel, hotel, and group meals expenses covered by the NFPA. Teams will also receive one Remembering When program curriculum for each team member, one hundred “How to Prevent Fires” brochures and one hundred “How to Prevent Falls” brochures for distribution to older adults.
After the conference, the teams will be required to take what they have learned back to the community and will do the following:
- The fire department will conduct a minimum of five group presentations.
- The fire department will conduct at least two train-the-trainer sessions for the partner agency home visitors.
- The home visitor agency will conduct at least 25 home visits.
- The home visitor agency will integrate agreed-upon materials from the Remembering When program into its home visits.
- Each team will submit a final report to NFPA by November 2011 that includes a summary of how the agency integrated Remembering When materials into its home visits to all older adults served.
“Older adults have higher risks of fire- and fall-related injuries, but they are oftentimes not taught prevention techniques that could save their lives,” said Sharon Gamache, NFPA’s senior program manager for high-risk outreach programs. “This conference is really a wonderful opportunity for organizations that work with older adults to learn more about how to reach out and effectively communicate those fire and fall prevention messages.”
The Remembering When conference is held each year to emphasize outreach to older adults and to ensure that the program reaches the most vulnerable of older adults. The Remembering When program has been used since 1999 to further NFPA’s commitment to helping communities reduce fire and fall injuries and deaths among older adults and has benefitted thousands.
The deadline for submissions is August 6, 2010. Award recipients will be notified on or before September 8, 2010.
Visit the Remembering When page on NFPA’s website for official rules, information, and an application for download. For further questions, contact Sharon Gamache, at +1 617 984-7286.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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