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NFPA Receives Grant to Enhance Remembering When™ Fire and Falls Prevention Program for Older Adults, Helping Broaden its Scale and Reach

NFPA has received a $526,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) program in support of reducing fires and falls among older adults, a key high-risk population. The funding will help broaden the reach and scale of Remembering When: A fire and fall prevention program for older adults through the development of updated digital training and resources, which are used by public health and safety officials for implementation in their communities.  

People ages 65 and older comprise 16% of the total US population, but experience a disproportionate percentage of injuries and deaths from fires and falls; nearly one in three seniors (17 million people) suffers a fall each year. The fire service and EMS now see more fall victims than fire victims, often being called to the same homes repeatedly for falls. This reliance on the fire service presents a unique opportunity for fire and elder care services to work together to provide needed assistance and services to older adults. In order to more fully and effectively meet those growing needs, the reach, scope, and scale of the Remembering When program must be broadened and strengthened. 

Through the grant funding, NFPA will create new educational assets and a process to monitor local program activity and collect key data, and to develop online learning modules that deliver training to greater numbers of fire and elder/public health professionals. The funding will also work to expand Remembering When messaging to include information around proper use of medication. Year one of the project will focus on development of these resources; year two will focus on pilot testing them. 

In order to meet the project's objectives, NFPA will work with numerous partners for subject matter and technical expertise, as well as program guidance. Partners include the multi-disciplinary Remembering When Advisory Group, Fire and Life Safety Education stakeholders, the NFPA Educational Messaging Advisory Group, the National Disability Rights Network, the University of Iowa's School of Public Health, and the Fire Protection Research Foundation. 

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Susan McKelvey
Communications Manager

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