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Honors & Awards
Fireproof Children Receives National Grant to Reach Preschoolers
Fireproof Children Company has received a $294,562 grant from the U.S. Fire Administration to provide training in fire safety education to Head Start
teachers in states with high rates  of fire-related deaths and injuries for children: New York, Michigan and Mississippi.

The one-year training program is one of 51 Fire Prevention and Safety grant awards made by USFA this year, from 480 applications received from throughout the country. 

This grant will further the creation and implementation of a program developed by Fireproof Children Company called .

Child development specialists from Fireproof Children will work with selected regions of Head Start, a national program serving low-income preschool children and their families, to provide training in effective methods of teaching fire safety to young children. It will develop family activities to bring home specific safety messages, including the importance of developing and practicing home exit drills, having a working smoke detector, and keeping matches and lighters out of children's reach. 

The framework for the training will be the award-winning preschool program play safe! be safe!, developed by Fireproof Children and others for BIC Corporation, and currently used in more than 50,000 classrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

Fireproof Children Company Receives Top
Fire Safety Web Site Award

The Polyurethane Foam
Association (PFA) presented
its 2002 Fire Safety Web 
Site of the Year award to 
the Fireproof Children
Company. The award is given annually at the PFA general business meeting to recognize the one Web site that, in the
opinion of the PFA executive
committee, makes best use
of the Internet to convey its
fire prevention and fire safety
education message.

PFA selects one exemplary
fire safety education Web
site each month. From this
group of twelve honored sites,
one organization is chosen
annually for Fire Safety Web
Site of the Year recognition.

Fireproof Children Company accepts Web Site of the Year honors from the Polyurethane Foam Association. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Robert Cole, President, Fireproof Children Company; Lou Peters, Executive Director, Polyurethane Foam Association.

Lou Peters, PFA executive director, said, "The Fireproof Children Company Web site was selected from the 2002 monthly winners based on the group's use of the Internet portal to share information about its cooperative education and training programs. The Website demonstrates how successful educational programs can be created when public and private interests work together in a coordinated way."

The Polyurethane Foam Association has been active in fire safety education since its founding in 1980, providing fire safety education seminar materials, and distributing safety bulletins and public service announcements for television and radio, and underwriting portions of national fire safety programs. PFA's fire safety education Web site recognition program began in 1999 with the objective of encouraging fire departments and other public safety organizations to use the Web to share information on fire safety education and related activities.

The PFA is a United States trade association representing flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, technology and processing equipment. Flexible polyurethane foam is used as cushioning in upholstered furniture, mattresses and in other home furnishings applications.

"2002 New York State Fire Administrators Excellence Award"

Jim Burns, from the New York State Fire Administrator's Office, recently announced that the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has been chosen to receive the "2002 State Fire Administrator's Excellence Award" in tribute and recognition of their endeavor to foster the development of a National Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program.

"NASFM, through their JFS-Program Initiative, has championed for the adoption of a standardized national juvenile firesetter report form and the creation/development of local J-FIRE Teams, supported by the State Fire Marshals Office to address the issues associated with juvenile firesetting in America.

This is a program worthy of tribute and Jim Burns is pleased to honor NASFM as this year's recipient with the presentation of the Excellence Award plaque at the 28th Annual Arson Seminar on November 6, 2002 at the Watkins Glen Theater, Watkins Glen, NY."  For more information, click here.

Firefighter of the Year 2000 Award

Rochester, NY Fire Department

Lt. Robert Crandall, Vice-President of Fireproof Children Company, was recently named Firefighter of the Year 2000. This award recognizes the career achievement, character and long-term dedication of the firefighters being considered. Selection is not based on a single incident but on many contributions and exemplary behavior demonstrated over the course of a career.

Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association
- 2000 Year Recipient of the Mike Young Award

The Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Board of Directors has chosen Fireproof Children as the 2000 Year Recipient of the Mike Young Award.

This award is given annually to an individual or organization that shows a sincere dedication to fire and burn safety education.

"Your fire prevention efforts are quite impressive.  I'm certain that you have made a difference in the fire safe behavior of many children." John Hall, President

National Fire Protection Association
- Rolf H. Jensen Partners in Public Education Award
In 1997, Fireproof Children received the Rolf H. Jensen Partners in Public Education Award from the National Fire Protection Association for "distinguished leadership and dedication to fire and life safety through collaborative public education efforts."

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

In 1997, play safe! be safe!® received the Best Curriculum Award from Early Childhood News, published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).



Fireproof Children Selected to Provide National Workshops

Fireproof Children has been awarded a contract from the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to provide juvenile fire intervention training workshops.

Funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the workshops will help communities address juvenile firesetting through better understanding of the problem and better coordination of existing services. By the end of 2003, the workshop will have been presented in 18 states.

State Fire Marshals of each state select teams--made up of representatives from fire investigation, law enforcement (juvenile justice), mental health, and social services--to receive the workshops. Teams will receive ongoing support from their State Fire Marshal's office, NASFM, and Fireproof Children.

For workshop dates, click here.

Click here for information on the NASFM Excellence Award.


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