NFPA awards 2016 Jensen Grant to volunteer fire department in Virginia

March 10, 2016 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department of Virginia the recipient of the 2016 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The grant will support the department’s program, “Carrsville Loves Older Adults: Remembering When There’s Love, There’s Smoke Alarm.” 

As a collaborative effort between the fire service and community groups, the Carrsville program works to educate older adults in the area of Isle of Wight County about fire and fall prevention and the importance of installing smoke alarms in their homes. The program seeks to instill in residents how vital it is to have working smoke alarms and to create a home escape plan. NFPA’s Remembering When™ program, a fire and fall prevention program for older adults developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will play a key role in the campaign.

Carrsville will receive $5000 in grant funding to purchase ionization smoke alarms with batteries, which are designed to work for up to 10 years. Along with the local fire department, community groups such as the Carrsville Ruritan Club, the Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation Department, and the local Boy Scout troop will help to implement the campaign. 

Rolf H. Jensen, P.E., was a leading authority on fire protection engineering and participated in and supported the NFPA consensus standards process throughout his distinguished career. The grant, in his honor, is awarded annually to any fire department located in the United States or Canada – paid or volunteer – to support a community-wide fire and life safety education campaign. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstration of a plan to implement a program aimed at the general public or a targeted group, clearly stated goals and objectives, the assignment of staff to manage the project, and a final report.

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