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Read the frequently asked questions below about the Remembering When Scholarship Conference.

Learn more about the Remembering When program

Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

November 14-16, Drury Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Remembering When

NFPA is committed to helping communities reduce fire and fall injuries and deaths among older adults through the Remembering When Program. NFPA will select teams from up to 25 communities to attend the 2016 Remembering When Scholarship Conference. Participants will receive training to reach older adults through group presentations and home visits. 

We are looking to train 2- or 3-person teams who are:

  • excited to help older adults reduce injuries from fires and falls.
  • committed to building a community outreach program.
  • enthusiastic about strengthening partnerships to support older adults.

Scholarship award
Each Remembering When scholarship is valued at more than $4,000 and includes:

  • a training workshop in San Antonio from November 14–16, 2016 for each team.
  • airfare to and from San Antonio & shuttle transportation to and from the hotel.
  • lodging at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk on November 14 and 15, 2016.
  • a networking reception on the evening of November 14, 2016.
  • breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the training.
  • ongoing support from NFPA for program implementation.

What’s new for 2016?
We are excited to unveil a new mobile app that will help Remembering When facilitators collect data and determine program impact at the local level. Remembering When Scholarship winners will be among the first trained to use this technology.

How do we apply? New this year - Rolling submissions!
The application period will open on Monday, June 20, 2016 and close at noon on Monday, August 15, 2016. Teams should submit one complete application packet. Application packets will be reviewed as they are received. Submission date will be considered when choosing between similarly rated applicants. Do not delay.  

Each team must submit the following materials:   

  • a completed application. (This short form will be available online soon.) 
  • a one page explanation of your community’s need and your team’s ability to make a strong, continued impact on older adult safety by using the Remembering When program.  Explain how the team will conduct group presentations and home visits. 
  • a letter of commitment from the chief of the fire department supporting the life safety educator in this project and assurance of program obligations to be completed within one year.   
  • a letter of commitment from a leader in each partner agency supporting the applicant in this project and assurance of program obligations to be completed within one year.  The letter should also briefly outline the agency’s role program implementation. 

Questions? Contact Karen Berard-Reed at +1 617 984-7286

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should be on the team?
Each team will consist of two or three people including a fire department life safety educator and a home health visiting professional or volunteer from an agency serving older adults. Teams may opt to add a third member who fits one of the categories and strengthens the team. 

What agencies should partner with fire department?
There are many different agencies who can serve as Remembering When partners. Past teams have included representatives from visiting nurses, senior centers, Red Cross volunteers, parks & rec, church outreach groups, civic organizations, councils on aging, meal delivery programs, and more!

Can all team members be from the fire department? 
No. Each team must have at least one representative from a different community organization. 

Are there any special criteria for teams?
Teams must have the authority, commitment, and ability to oversee local implementation of the Remembering When program through group presentations, home visits, and training for additional program implementers. At least one team member agency must already have a home-visit mechanism in place.

What are the team’s Remembering When obligations once they leave the conference? 
Once teams return home, winners will have one year to complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of five group presentations for older adults using the Remembering When program.
  • At least one training for additional home visitors.
  • At least 25 home visits with Remembering When program materials integrated into each visit.
  • At least 20 completed participant surveys collected through the new mobile app.
  • Submission of a midyear report in April and a final report to NFPA by November 15, 2017.

How do I get my application packet to NFPA?
Email your application to kbreed@nfpa.org. Please put “Remembering When Scholarship” and your community name in the subject heading. Scan your documents and send them as one PDF. Do not e-mail 4 separate files. You can also mail your application to Karen Berard-Reed at NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA  02169. 

Can I submit my application before June 20?
Please don’t. To be fair to all applicants, packets that arrive prior to June 20 will not be considered.

Is it OK if one of my team members is planning to retire or change jobs within the next year? 
While we extend a hearty “congratulations” to those who are nearing retirement or seeking new positions, we ask that all team members expect to be on the job for at least one year after the training ends in order to fulfill scholarship requirements. 

Can we change team members after we have been accepted?
No. When you submit your packet, be sure all team members on the application can attend the conference if you are selected. Upon award confirmation, NFPA will purchase non-refundable airline tickets for team members. Costs incurred by people who cannot attend the conference will be the responsibility of the team.   

We won a Remembering When Scholarship in the past. Can we apply again?
Yes, but be sure to explain why you should be considered again. Tell us about the state of your current Remembering When program in your response. 

Will incomplete applications be considered?
No. Please submit all requested information together in one neat package.

I’m the Chief of the department.  Can I write my own letter of support?
No. If you are the fire department chief, ask the next person in the chain of community leadership to write a letter of support for you. The same parameters are in place for applicants who serve as leaders of partner agencies. 

Do winners have to attend the entire workshop and all conference activities?
Yes. 

When will we know if we have won a scholarship? 
Award recipients will be notified on or before August 21, 2016. 

Can I bring my family?
Scholarship winners are welcome to bring family members along to San Antonio with the understanding that attendees are expected to participate in all conference activities. Additional costs incurred will be the responsibility of the attendee. Unfortunately, family members cannot attend any conference activities.

Can I extend my visit to San Antonio? 
Sure. Attendees who wish to extend their stays may do so and cover the additional costs out of pocket.

What should I do if I have questions about my application? 
Call or e-mail Karen Berard-Reed at NFPA.  She can be reached at +1 617 984-7286 or kbreed@nfpa.org.  

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