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  • It does work. It can be done.

    Prevention does work. People do listen. Prevention efforts are not wasted. A difference can be made.

    Great job LAFD!!!

    LAFD: 2015 fire-related fatalities down 54%, emergency incidents rise

    http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/01/12...ncidents-rise/

  • #2
    Is it worth it

    Just ONE smoke detector drive saved lives.

    This morning the Colerain Township (OH) Department of Fire - EMS responded to a structure fire where we had conducted a neighborhood smoke alarm canvas last November. The residents told us they were awakened by the two smoke alarms that we, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross, installed that day. Given the intensity of the fire, these were definite saves from the program.

    Attached is our press release on the fire.

    Stay safe,

    Robert R. Rielage, CFO, EFO, FIFireE
    Special Project Manager
    Colerain Fire - EMS
    Attached Files

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    • #3
      I don't think anyone would disagree that public education can make a difference.

      The question is how difficult will it be given the resources a department has available to commit. Yes, LA covers a large area with a wide variety of hazards and some language challenges. However, they also have a significant amount of resources including on duty crews, public education staff and access to a wide variety of media. Those are certainly things that many, many, many departments of varying composition do not have.

      Again, should every department make it's best effort? hell yes, but the reality is that most simply do not have the resources to see those results.

      Again, preventing one fire is worth it in the long run. But it is a fair question as to how much work it may take a rural VFD as an example with limited manpower, resources and media access to prevent that one fire, and will it take time away from suppression, training and maintenance?
      Train to fight the fires you fight.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Daniel Byrne View Post
        Just ONE smoke detector drive saved lives.

        This morning the Colerain Township (OH) Department of Fire - EMS responded to a structure fire where we had conducted a neighborhood smoke alarm canvas last November. The residents told us they were awakened by the two smoke alarms that we, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross, installed that day. Given the intensity of the fire, these were definite saves from the program.

        Attached is our press release on the fire.

        Stay safe,

        Robert R. Rielage, CFO, EFO, FIFireE
        Special Project Manager
        Colerain Fire - EMS
        `

        Good deal.

        We ramped up our installation program last year by canvasing a few neighborhoods. Installed 107 detectors in 54 residences.

        The goal this year is 200 detectors and 100 installations. Off to a good start as I canvassed a trailer park yesterday and scheduled 9 installations this week just on contacts alone. Hopefully the flyers left on each door will net me another 2 or 3.
        Train to fight the fires you fight.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
          Again, should every department make it's best effort? hell yes, .....
          That’s it. That's all. You said it.

          If a rural VFD only has one day a year during fire prevention week to do it - then that's enough.

          If departments are always thinking, planning, and making a conscious effort to make prevention a priority, then more prevention programs will happen than if they immediately assume they cannot and make no effort. And if all of that results in just one day a year then that is success.

          I am also willing to bet that MOST departments, if they sat down and took a serious look at their communities and opportunities to get prevention out there, they could possibly get more done. And if all of that results in just TWO days a year then that is success.

          There has to be a will, a plan, and effort, to get the job done – any job. If all that can be done is once a year for an hour then that is all that can be done. That one hour may be enough to save a life.

          There are departments out there that no matter how much they try and plan just cannot. AND there are departments out there that could do SOMETHING if they took an honest look at possibilities - even 30 minutes one day that year.
          Last edited by Daniel Byrne; 01-19-2016, 04:34 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
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            Good deal.

            We ramped up our installation program last year by canvasing a few neighborhoods. Installed 107 detectors in 54 residences.

            The goal this year is 200 detectors and 100 installations. Off to a good start as I canvassed a trailer park yesterday and scheduled 9 installations this week just on contacts alone. Hopefully the flyers left on each door will net me another 2 or 3.
            How do your do your program?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daniel Byrne View Post
              How do your do your program?
              Basically the state provides us with 10-year lithium battery detectors and we install them.

              Up until last August, it was pretty much of mouth or through the senior lunch groups at the local churches. We did a couple of small neighborhood canvases with some fairly successful results in the fall.

              This January we are continuing the canvassing with some pretty descent results.
              Train to fight the fires you fight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                Basically the state provides us with 10-year lithium battery detectors and we install them.

                Up until last August, it was pretty much of mouth or through the senior lunch groups at the local churches. We did a couple of small neighborhood canvases with some fairly successful results in the fall.

                This January we are continuing the canvassing with some pretty descent results.
                When we do presentations, churches etc, we get a list together of people who are interested and go from there. We have not done a formal home safety inspection with is sadly, but do an informal scan when we're in the house. Also working with my guys to look for detectors when on medical runs.

                Our state gives us the same type of detector. One thing we have done in the past that was successful but got away from was calling the residents in a year and asking to do a reinspection. Even with the 10 year lithiums. Got us back in the house for the informal safety scan, and to see if the detector was still up. Happy to say almost all were still installed the next year. Most residents agreed for us to come back. BUT that is very much a time consuming thing.

                Have you done the home safety checklists?

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