10. Public Health Professionals Can Most Effectively Promote Fire Safety in their Communities by Collaborating with Local Fire Safety Officials

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  • A PowerPoint presentation, which can be easily modified for target audiences, is included to enable public health professionals and local fire safety officials to promote fire safety in their communities.
  • Community-based smoke alarm installation programs can make a measurable difference in reducing fire-related deaths and injuries. Effective programs team fire safety advocates, including firefighters and fire safety educators, community business leaders and representatives from public health and older adult programs. Unlike smoke alarm giveaway programs, evidence-based installation programs ensure that smoke alarms are installed correctly. A guide to planning and implementing a successful smoke alarm program is included. A PowerPoint presentation, which can be easily modified for target audiences, is included to enable public health professionals and local fire safety officials to promote fire safety in their communities.
  • There are an estimated 30,170 fire departments in the United States; these departments respond to a fire every 22 seconds. The majority of the 1,148,850 firefighters in the United States are volunteers (72%); most volunteer firefighters work in fire departments that protect fewer than 25,000 people.
  • Fire services in New York State are highly localized. The best way to determine what services are available in a specific area is to contact the local Fire Chief in a specific fire department or company.
  • The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control offers public fire and life safety educator courses as well as a public fire safety educators' program every year. Courses are held at the Senator Frederic L. Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY. (http://www.dos.state.ny.us/fire/training.htm)

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