NFPA Champion Program
NFPA developed its Champion Award Program in 1994 to help communities deal
proactively with public safety issues impacting today's children and families.
It is a strategic, multi-million dollar initiative that helps local public educators
and safety advocates introduce Risk Watch to key decision-makers and implement
the injury prevention program in schools. It provides appropriate training, guidance,
and resources needed not only to help public safety educators launch these efforts,
but to continue expanding use and impact of Risk Watch over the long-term.
The foundation of this program is the Cs
to Success the fundamental qualities that correlate with long-term
success in implementing school-based education programs.
NFPA Champion Management Teams
In response to the fast-growing number of local Champion communities that have
been established over the past several years, NFPA developed the NFPA Risk
Watch Champion Management Team (CMT) program in 2000. This program works to
expand Risk Watch in local communities through management team, which are
coordinated, multi-agency coalitions at the state and provincial levels. These
teams support the introduction and expansion of Risk Watch in local communities
through local Risk Watch multi-agency coalitions. The CMTs maintain and
analyze Risk Watch evaluation data for communities; track a listing of
local Risk Watch users; maintain ongoing communication with communities
and NFPA; provide training for local Risk Watch coalitions; solicit funding
to support local communities; and serve as the central state/provincial contact
Champion Management Team grants are awarded each year by NFPA. To become a CMT,
an established coalition of state or province-level representatives must apply
for an NFPA grant, demonstrating a solid commitment to gaining and expanding
of Risk Watch through local coalitions over a three-year period. In turn,
NFPA provides the guidance and support needed to maintain a strong CMT, effectively
manage local Champion coalitions, and to ensure proper implementation of Risk
Watch. To date, 35 CMTs have been established throughout North America.
For Information on becoming a state or provincial Champion Management Team,
NFPA Local Champions
At the center of NFPAs Champion Award Program is its Champions, typically
the public educators and safety advocates from the local fire departments, police
departments, public health departments, and hospitals. These professionals
are the key to successfully delivering Risk Watch to their communities.
They are responsible for a wide range of activities, such as introducing Risk
Watch to school administrators, teachers, and potential funding partners;
raising the funds necessary to deliver Risk Watch to their communities;
implementing the curriculum in schools and evaluating its effectiveness; continually
working to expand use of Risk Watch to reach as many teachers, students,
and families as possible; and communicating with the Champion Management Team
(CMT) for the state or province. The CMT provides the local Champions with
support and resources to build and work in a community coalition, motivate
teachers and students, manage a successful curriculum implementation, and evaluate
To date, more than 400 towns and cities (ranging from small rural communities
to major urban centers) throughout the United States and Canada have been recipients
of the Champion Award Program and are recognized as NFPA Champion sites.