To the Board of Directors of the Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC:
Thank you for your recent article, “Open Letter to Fire Service Vendors and Agencies” as published in the Daily Dispatch on September 27, 2016. We share your concern for the cancer rates affecting firefighters throughout the fire service.
FEMA recently opened the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period. “The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”
Fire Prevention Week is held in October every year. For the third year in a row, the National Fire Protection Association is devoting the week to fire alarm safety. The purpose of the week is to educate and raise public awareness about the importance of smoke alarm safety with the theme, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”