The NFPA Conference & Expo, widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for countless professionals – from architects, engineers, contractors, and building managers to public and private fire service, enforcement agencies, insurers and utilities, is currently being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Holliston Fire Chief Michael Cassidy and Cynthia Ouellette, coordinator of the Fire Data and Public Education Unit at the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services co-presented a workshop Proving Fire Education Can Successfully Raise a Fire-Safe Generation as one of the more than 150 education sessions being held at the annual conference.
During their presentation on Monday morning, Cassidy and Ouellette reviewed the history of the Massachusetts Public Fire & Life Safety Education Task Force, and the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program.
Since the start of the S.A.F.E. grant program in the fall of 1995, as a result of consistent, comprehensive fire safety education in schools by trained fire educators, Massachusetts has seen a 72 percent reduction in child fire deaths. The representatives of the Task Force provided attendees with resources to implement similar programs in their states.
Cassidy and Ouellette also highlighted Senior SAFE, a new grant program administered by the Department of Fire Services to create community partnerships and collaborate with the purpose of improving fire and life safety in the homes of older adults in the Commonwealth.
These two representatives of the Task Force are not the only local presenters who will be speaking at the NFPA Conference & Expo.
On Tuesday, State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan will introduce Kurt Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, who will deliver the featured presentation: The 2013 Boston Marathon: How the Multi-Discipline, Multi-Jurisdiction Approach to Planning for the Marathon Affected the Response to, and Recovery from, the Bombings.
On Wednesday, Christian Lewis, Willie Spears, and Pablo Flores, Fire Inspectors for the Springfield Fire Department will deliver a workshop Fire Education in a Multi-Lingual Community.
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Submitted by the Holliston Fire Department.