For more than 80 consecutive years, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week, signaling national support of fire departments as they teach fire safety in their communities.
Mayoral proclamations can complement this national attention, spotlighting the fire safety work of first responders in your city or town, and helping to reinforce the lifesaving messages associated with the annual theme. A proclamation-signing ceremony can be a great photo opportunity for the media, and valuable exposure for your department.
You will need to submit a request to obtain a mayoral proclamation. A formal request must come from someone within the city or town. NFPA provides sample proclamations but does not arrange for signings.
Once you've arranged the proclamation signing with the official's office, let the media know about it in advance. Send out a press advisory the day before the signing and call the assignment desk at local news stations and newspapers the day of the signing, encouraging the media to cover the event. If you are able to obtain a proclamation but not a signing ceremony, you can still get media mileage out of it by providing your media contacts with copies of the proclamation along with an advisory putting the proclamation in context.
WHEREAS, the city of (CITY, STATE) is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting (CITY); and
WHEREAS, U.S. fire departments responded to 365,500 home fires in 2015, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); and
WHEREAS, U.S. home fires resulted in 2,560 civilian deaths in 2015, representing the majority (78 percent) of all U.S. fire deaths; and
WHEREAS, newer homes are built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home constructions; and
WHEREAS, many of today’s products and furnishings produce toxic gases and smoke when burned, making it impossible to see and breathe within moments; and
WHEREAS, these conditions contribute to a much smaller window of time for people to escape a home fire safely, with people having as little as one to two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds; and
WHEREAS, a home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire situation; and
WHEREAS, a home fire escape plan includes two exits from every room in the home; a path to the outside from each exit; smoke alarms in all required locations; and a meeting place outside where everyone in the home will meet upon exiting; and
WHEREAS, home fire escape plans should be developed by all members of the household; and
WHEREAS, practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year ensures that everyone in the household knows what to do in a real fire situation;
WHEREAS, (CITY’S) first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and
WHEREAS, (CITY’S) residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
WHEREAS, the 2017 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” effectively serves to educate the public about the vital importance of developing a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it twice a year;
THEREFORE, I (MAYOR’S NAME) Mayor of (CITY) do hereby proclaim October 8-14, 2017, as Fire Prevention Week throughout this community. I urge all the people of (CITY) to find develop a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practice it twice a year, and to participate in the many public safety activities and efforts of (CITY’S) fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2017.