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WHAT IS NEW HERE-- NFPA Educator of the Year forms
2011 Fire Educator application deadline - FEB 25th / Rolf Jensen grant due FEB 4th ... Your chance to let others know about the "good fire prevention work" you have done here in NC!
The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign. Applications are due by close of business on Friday, February 4, 2011. Here is the Application:
Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Let's celebrate fire and life safety educators! Educators are key to the success of NFPA's programs. That's why NFPA's "Educator of the Year" Award is so important. It gives educators the recognition they deserve for playing the lead role in making their communities safer. Due Feb 25, 2011.
Carbon Monoxide Incidents are still causing injuries and death to many people in the Southern Region. Here is a fact sheet to share: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/Public%20Education/EducatorApplica tion.pdf
Put the Freeze on Winter Fires: a partnership program from the US Fire Administration and NFPA Topics include Cooking, electrical, candles, smoking, Christmas Trees, Carbon Monoxide http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/winter. shtm
The Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange USFA has created a Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange which aims to serve as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention practices and public education materials that fire safety organizations may wish to share with other communities.
MSA Offers Online Education ResourceMSA, the maker of fire service products including SCBA, Cairns helmets, thermal imaging cameras, gas detectors, and more, offers an online education resource that first responders can use to access training and product information relative to all MSA products. MSA U is an online training center that features a wide range of training programs on specific MSA products as well as more general programs on the technologies behind them and the standards that guide the company’s product development. Training and information categories include: · Product care and use · Product features and benefits · Technologies and standards · Whitepapers · Interactive quizzes To access MSA U, go to www.msanet.com/msau and click “sign up now,” or simply log in if you are already a registered user. Established in 1914, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people's health and safety. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, gas masks, gas detection instruments, head protection, ballistic body armor, fall protection devices, and thermal imaging cameras. MSA is a longtime Corporate Member of the National Volunteer Fire Council. Learn more about MSA at www.msanet.com.
President Barack Obama Signs Legislation to Establish Anniversary of 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance 9/11 Once Again Inspires a Call to Service Founders of 9/11 Day of Service Attend Bill Signing Ceremony in Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which for the first time includes federal authorization to establish September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“Today President Barack Obama created a historic, enduring and compassionate legacy that truly honors the 9/11 victims and their families, first responders and rescue and recovery workers, the soldiers who have take up arms to defend our freedom and safety, and the many volunteers who spontaneously contributed their efforts in the immediate aftermath of 9/11,” said David Paine, founder and president of MyGoodDeed.org, the nonprofit group that led a seven-year campaign to formally establish 9/11 as an annually recognized day of service and remembrance. “There isn’t a better or more fitting way to remember 9/11 than for all of us as Americans to voluntarily set aside time on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks to help others in need.”
“As a 9/11 family member, I cannot think of more inspiring, appropriate and constructive tribute to my late brother and all those who perished, were injured or rose in service – to rekindle at least for one day each year the remarkable spirit of compassion and service that unified our country,” said MyGoodDeed.org co-founder and vice president Jay S. Winuk, whose younger brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney, volunteer firefighter and EMT, died in the line of duty in the collapse of the World Trade Center. “This groundbreaking national service legislation will greatly benefit the nation in so many meaningful ways as we face these challenging times.”
Paine and Winuk were among a select group of service sector leaders, government officials and other dignitaries who attended today’s ceremony at the SEED School in Washington, D.C. to witness President Obama signing into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
A New Catalyst for Volunteerism
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U. S. Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) both worked closely with the sponsors of the Serve America Act in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to draft and include language to establish 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“I could not be more proud to work to pass this important provision,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who joined with U.S. Representative Peter King (R-Long Island) in first proposing to Congress back in 2004 that 9/11 should be designated a national day of service. “September 11 should not only be a day for mourning – it should be a day to think about our neighbors, our community and our country. We can take a tragic day in our nation’s history and turn it into a force for good.”
“I have been active in seeking a service day for years,” said Rep. King. “America came together in the aftermath of 9/11, reminding us what it truly means to be part of this great nation. By making 9/11 a national day of service, that same spirit of giving will continue in a day of remembrance, unity and selflessness.”
“We greatly appreciate Senator Schumer’s, Congressman King’s and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tireless dedication to this cause, as well as the support we received from Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Representatives George Miller (D-Calif.), Carolyn McCarthy (D-Calif.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), all of whom joined together to include the 9/11 Day of Service in this important national service legislation,” Winuk said.
Under the new law, the anniversary of 9/11 would be observed annually in ways somewhat similar to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, although it intentionally will not be a federal holiday. “We do not wish to see it ever become a state or federally designated day off,” said Paine. “Instead, we hope that individuals, businesses and organizations will be inspired on their own to voluntarily engage in community service, perform good deeds of any nature, and participate in other private and organized activities in remembrance of the events of 9/11.”
To support this observance, the new legislation authorizes the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees federal national service programs, to make grants and provide other assistance to community nonprofits and other groups that want to organize 9/11 service and remembrance activities.
“Our hope is to organize the single largest day of service in U.S. history on the 10th anniversary of 9/11,” said Paine, referring to September 11, 2011, just two and a half years away. “Though millions of people already support the MyGoodDeed.org initiative by engaging in charitable service each 9/11, we realize it will take some time to build widespread awareness of this formal observance. We are very are confident, however, that the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance will ultimately play a very significant role in energizing volunteerism in America, while also bringing a sense of national healing to one of the worst human tragedies in U.S. history.”
MyGoodDeed.org is a 501c(3) charitable organization based in New York. Each year MyGoodDeed.org organizes activities that encourage individuals and organizations to set aside time on the anniversary of 9/11 to perform simple acts of good deeds and service that help others in need. Since the initiative began as a grassroots movement, more than one million people have visited the MyGoodDeed.org Web site, from all 50 states and 170 countries, with many posting their plans to perform good deeds and service projects on 9/11. It’s many affiliates and partners include the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Citizen Corps, Points of Light/HandsOn Network, Youth Service America, and others prominent groups. Visit http://www.mygooddeed.org/.
This news story and other Community Preparedness news, including Citizen Corps Bulletins, can be found on our website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/.
The National Office of Citizen Corps FEMA Community Preparedness Division
CHEMTREC Releases DVD to Assist First Responders
When faced with an incident involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods, emergency responders need quick access to a reliable resource that can provide critical and immediate assistance directly to the scene. CHEMTREC (Chemical Transportation Emergency Center) is a 24/7/365 emergency call center that provides immediate information and assistance to anyone involved in a hazardous materials incident. It is staffed with emergency service specialists who can provide access to hazmat experts, chemists, physicians, and toxicologists as well as millions of material safety data sheets.
In order to reach the emergency response community, CHEMTREC has released a training video, CHEMTREC – AnOverview for Emergency Responders, which aims to familiarize first responders with the call center and the services it provides. Having first responders know who to call during a hazmat incident is vital for the safety of all parties involved.
“We will be successful when every emergency responder knows our number by heart and takes advantage of our services,” said Randy Speight, Managing Director of CHEMTREC. “Our experienced staff is available around the clock to anyone, anywhere who is dealing with an incident involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods.”
In an effort to bring pertinent hazmat information to the volunteer community, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is working with CHEMTREC and other groups to provide access to valuable training and educational resources. For a list of resources and training opportunities, visit www.nvfc.org/page/655/Training___Education.htm.
To obtain a free copy of the CHEMTREC – AnOverview for Emergency Responders training video, visit www.chemtrec.com
The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, a part of the University of North Carolina Health Care System in cooperation with North Carolina Head Start, the North Carolina Touchstone Energy Cooperative, The North Carolina Department of Insurance and the Home Safety Council is proud to offer “Start Safe…A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and their Families”. Every year, many children could lose their lives at home from fire and burns. Young children can learn to stay away from hot things. They can learn what to do if there is a fire. Studies have shown that children feel safer when they know what to do in case of an emergency. But someone has to teach them.
The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC HealthCare has a 25 year history of providing programs throughout the state which focuses on the prevention of fire and burn injuries. Our previous programs have focused on educating middle school children, the elderly and persons with disabilities about fire and burn safety. We are now happy to focus on the pre-school child. The Start Safe Program is unique because it not only involves educating children about fire and burn safety, but encourages their parents to learn safety measures along with their child. The program covers such easy to learn techniques such as:
1. Making your home safer
2. Preventing burn injuries
3. Using smoke alarms
4. Making a home escape plan
5. Getting out of the home if there is a fire
These five simple lessons will be the safety foundation of the children that you as teachers and Fire Life Safety Educators are entrusted with everyday. Course outlines and objectives are designed to compliment national and state mandated course of study regarding safety. The course can be integrated into any topic that may be discussed in the classroom. Parents will gain knowledge about fire and burn safety by participating in this program and creating a safe environment at home. Home visits will also present a great opportunity to re-enforce your classroom lectures with Moms and Dads. This is also a great opportunity to do a home safety inspection.
The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Healthcare along with all of its partners want s to make North Carolina a safer place. We look forward to implementing this program. The best part about this program…it’s free! You as the teacher and Fire Life safety Educators have one of North Carolina’s most valuable assets in your presence…our future. Let’s keep it safe!
For more information regarding this program please contact Ernest Grant;Egrant@unch.unc.edu/919-966-2381 or Kay Teague;email@example.com/919-843-5073.
*gift cards to Wal-Mart, AC Moore, Michaels, Targets for arts and crafts supplies & photo development
*Sunglasses (100 multiple sizes)
*Canvas bags or large plastic bags with handles to take camp projects home (100--a logo opportunity!)
*Costumes/dress up stuff (good quality & clean, especially boys in larger sizes—beach theme)
*Colored tape(10 rolls/variety of colors/large like duct tape)
*Plastic bags(100 white large garbage bags>pillows, sleeping bags on Fri, 5 boxes of large Ziploc bags>leftovers food Sunday, 100 large garbage bags for “ponchos” if rains )
*ANYTHING beach related: shells, nets, beach umbrellas, driftwood, hammock/s, beach chairs, tiki torches, baby pool, old surf boards (can be loaned or donated)
*Beach items such as grass skirts, beachcomber straw hats, inflatable palm trees, beach balls, puka shell necklaces, plastic fish, beach related beanie babies(crabs, etc) (can help with ordering if interested)
*Healthy Snacks (100 items for 3 snack breaks: granola bars, pretzels, juice boxes, fruit, etc)
*Bottled water(200 bottles)
*gift cards from grocery store (Target)
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