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1 NFPA Urban Fire Safety Project Urban Fire Forum October 21, 2011 Sharon Gamache Program Director High-Risk Outreach Programs

2 Purpose of Urban Fire Safety Task Force To examine the unique challenges facing fire and life safety educators in large cities with populations of 250,000 and more. Develop strategies to address those challenges and share them with large city fire departments. Implement the recommendations of the 2007 Urban Fire Safety Report in cities.

3 Urban Fire Safety Task Force

4 20 Cities in 2010 Atlanta, GA Baltimore, MD Charlotte, NC Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Dallas, TX El Paso, TX Hamilton, ON Kansas City, MO Louisville, KY Los Angeles, CA Memphis, TN Milwaukee, WI Minneapolis, MN Philadelphia, PA St. Louis, MO St. Paul, MN Tulsa, OK Washington, DC

5 History of Project

6 Project Implementations Columbus, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Hamilton, Ontario Philadelphia, Pennsylvania El Paso, Texas

7 Partnerships with Housing Organizations

8 Preventing Arson Together

9 Remembering When Train-the-Trainer Sessions

10 Presentations to Older Adults

11 Meetings with immigrant leaders

12 Immigrants Easy to read flyers Escape planning Cooking Electrical Safety Heating 9 languages

13 Analyze numbers of deaths and residential fires by census tract. Community outreach to learn what residents have to say regarding effective delivery of fire safety information.

14 History of Project El Paso, Texas

15 NFPA team building

16 Remembering When Train-the- Trainer Session.

17 2010/2011 Urban Fire Safety Project El Paso, Texas Outreach to neighborhoods of Burgundy/Lancaster and San Juan Focus groups in high-risk communities Remembering When Train-the- Trainer

18 Hired DLG research to conduct eight focus groups: four in Spanish and four in English - Older Adult, who live in their own houses or apartments Lower income working parents of children ages 0-7 Single mothers of children 0-14 Low and middle income renters and homeowners

19 Focus group results What you feel is important in your lives? Health, having a job, taking care of financial well-being of family, taking care of selves in retirement. How you feel about fire safety? Not a priority in ones lives. They are aware of recent fires and fire deaths through media, mostly television.

20 Focus Groups What do you think of fire dept initiatives on fire safety? Liked reaching kids through schools, reaching older adults, and home surveys and smoke alarms. What about media campaigns? All groups said TV and radio most important.

21 Five Step Planning Process for Urban Fire Departments 1. Conduct a community analysis 2. Develop partnerships in the community 3. Create a strategy to solve the problem 4. Implement the strategy in the community 5. Evaluate the results

22 Five Step Planning features planning and implementation examples from large cities.

23 NFPA urban projects – what we provide Focus groups to help determine best ways to reach audiences in your city. Train the Trainer on NFPAs Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults Implementations of two of the Urban Fire Safety Project recommendations


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