Children Receives National Grant to Reach Preschoolers
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
Fireproof Children Company Receives Top
Fire Safety Web Site Award
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
|PFA selects one
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
www.fireproofchildren.com 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
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
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
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).
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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
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.