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City Participates in Fire and Fall Prevention Program

The City of Farmington Hills Fire Department and Special Services Department, along with Beaumont Health Farmington Hills, have been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 NFPA Remembering When™ Conference.  The team will participate in training to deliver the educational Fire and Fall Prevention Program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
 
The conference, Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, will be held November 1 - 3, 2017.  NFPA has selected teams from 21 communities across the United States and Canada to travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the training.  Teams are composed of at least one member of the Fire Department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults.  Teresa Jergovich, Special Services Department, and Stanley Barnes, FHPD, are partnering with Sarah Hickey from Beaumont Health Farmington Hills Trauma Department.  Each award, valued at more than $4,000, covers training, materials, and travel expenses for every participant.
 
Following the conference, the team will return to the City and conduct group presentations and training sessions to prepare additional facilitators.  Team members will also bring the program to older adults during home visits where they will tailor the Remembering When messages to help identify changes that will increase home safety.
 
“The Remembering When program is a fabulous tool to assist fire departments and local agencies who are focused on older adult fire and fall prevention,” said Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA senior project manager.  “As the number of older adult residents rises in many communities, agencies are working together to meet the needs of a changing demographic.  The Remembering When program empowers older adults to work alongside the fire department and other senior-focused agencies to promote a safer home environment.”
 
The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to live safely at home for as long as possible.  Program materials are available online at no cost.  For more information about Remembering When, visit www.nfpa.org/rememberingwhen.

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards.  The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.  For more information, visit www.nfpa.org.  All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

 

 

 

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