NFPA grant helps Navajo Nation with smoke alarm installations

Published on February 24, 2005

Safety training for the elderly is also included

February 24, 2005—As part of its continuing campaign to protect high-risk groups from fire, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is providing the Navajo Nation with 7,500 smoke alarms that will be installed in homes in eight Navajo Nation chapters in New Mexico and Arizona. Funded by the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, part of the most recent Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the U.S. Fire Administration, the award will pay for top model, 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms, their installation, some equipment to install them, and elder fall and fire prevention training.

The project, a combined effort with the Navajo Nation Fire Department, includes implementation of NFPA’s Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older AdultsTM  that focuses on fire safety behaviors and fall prevention. Each Navajo Nation chapter will teach this program to elders in their community. The grant also provides for the adaptation of the Remembering When program for First Nation elders throughout the U.S.

Training dates for Navajo Nation firefighters and other leaders are March 2-4 at the Holiday Inn in Gallup, New Mexico. Training will include smoke alarm installation, use of a follow-up survey form, and basics to develop home escape planning.

“We are pleased that NFPA is working with us to reduce the incidents of fire damage and injuries in homes on the Navajo Nation,” said Larry Chee, chief of Navajo Nation Fire and Rescue Services. “We know that along with the smoke alarms, the training program will have a great impact on saving lives.”

NFPA and its Center for High-Risk Outreach have worked with the Navajo Nation on several other projects over the past decade, including the Learn Not to Burn® programs, Risk Watch®, an injury prevention curriculum for school-age children, as well as helping to establish the Navajo Nation Interagency Fire Safety Coalition.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.