New Kent Fire-Rescue, Social Services selected for fire and fall prevention conference

NEW KENT – New Kent County Fire-Rescue and the New Kent County Department of Social Services have been selected to participate in a training conference on fire and fall prevention sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The conference, Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, is being held December 1-3, 2013. NFPA has selected two-member teams from 30 communities across the United States and Canada to travel to Boston for the training. Teams are composed of one member of the fire department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults through home visits. New Kent County Fire-Rescue's Justin Finan is being teamed with New Kent Social Services' Nancy Goodman.

Each award covers training, materials, and travel expenses, and is valued at more than $4,000.

Following the conference, New Kent Fire-Rescue will conduct a minimum of five group presentations and at least two train-the-trainer sessions for New Kent Social Services. The New Kent County Department of Social Services will integrate materials from the Remembering When program into its outreach through home visits.

"Adults 65 years old and older are twice as likely to die in a home fire compared to the total population," said Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA senior project manager. "Falls are the leading cause of death from injury for this age group. This program is a valuable tool to help fire and life safety educators reduce the risks of falls and fires among older adults in their communities."

The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. NFPA recently completed a revised version of the program, which is available online. This year's conference participants will be the first to be trained with the updated version.

For more information about Remembering When, visit http://www.nfpa.org/rememberingwhen.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.