Articles by Month: April 2014
May 4, 2014 will mark the start of National Arson Awareness Week. This goal of this weeklong event, designed by the U.S. Fire Administration, is to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with the strategies needed to help keep their community safe.
Arson Awareness Week takes place each year and typically focuses on public education and helping prevent specific types of arson-related fire disasters. Past topics have included “Reducing Residential Arson,” “Arson for Profit,” and “Working Together to Extinguish Serial Arson.” This year’s topic is “Vehicle Arson – A Combustible Crime,” and will concentrate on preventing vehicle arson, a crime that has made up 26.5 percent of all total arsons in the last 10 years.
Groups participating in National Arson Awareness Week include government agencies like the USFA, a number of national partner organizations, and countless firefighters across the nation. For those interested in joining, the USFA’s official Arson Awareness Week website has a variety of resources and tools. Included on the site are statistics and facts about vehicle arson, a free downloadable Arson Awareness Week poster, and a helpful guide to investigating vehicle arson.
Vehicle arson is responsible for approximately 40 deaths, 75 injuries, and $169 million in property loss each year. Help keep your community safe and join the National Arson Awareness Week initiative.
This infographic conveys U.S. Firefighter Injury statistics as compiled by data collected by the NFPA from fire departments responding to the 2012 National Fire Experience Survey.
Click here to read the report in its entirety.
Since 1968, 9-1-1 Service has been a vital part of emergency and disaster response in the United States. Even though 9-1-1 has been around for over 45 years, some are still unsure about how to properly utilize the service. In order to enhance public awareness of 9-1-1, the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition has designated April as National 9-1-1 Education Month.
The National 9-1-1 Education theme for 2014 is “Be 9-1-1 Ready” and will help teach individuals how to most effectively utilize 9-1-1. The 2014 campaign is centered on the following key messages:
- Know Where You Are: Where are you right now? Could you tell 9-1-1 exactly where to find you?
- 911: Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t: Your local 9-1-1 may not be able to accept text messages, photos and video. A voice call continues to be the best way to reach 9-1-1.
- Use a Landline: Whenever possible, use a landline to call 9-1-1. Cell phone calls aren’t always routed to the closest call center and it could take valuable time to transfer your call to the appropriate response center.
- Stay Calm & Ready to Listen: 9-1-1 is here to help you until help arrives. Be ready to listen and follow directions.
The U.S. Congress first recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month in 2008 to aid the initiatives of the eight organizations that make up the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition. For more information on the 9-1-1 Education Campaign, as well free downloadable resources, visit Know911.
The Jacksonville Fire Museum in Jacksonville, Florida serves as a link for past and present fire history for Jacksonville. The museum also serves as the State of Florida Fire Museum.
Exhibits include photos and information about the Great Fire of 1901, a fully restored 1902 American LaFrance horse-drawn fire engine (pictured) and a working 1926 American LaFrance fire engine.
The museum was destroyed during the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville on May 3, 1901. In 1973, Fire Station No. 3 was placed on the National Registry of Historical Monuments. The building was declared unstable in 1993 and a restoration project began. Today, Fire Station No. 3 sits in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Park.
Heading to the Sunshine State this spring or summer? Click here and plan your visit to this storied fire museum.
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Fire-Dex is the premiere fire protection gear company. Manufacturing firefighting equipment from fire helmet to fire boots and everything in between, Fire-Dex protects those who risk personal peril in service of others.
Photo credit: Jacksonville Fire Museum
FDIC, the world’s largest fire training-based conference and exhibition dedicated to delivering the finest training available to the men and women of the fire service, will be held next week in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are excited to once again host firefighters and first responders from all across the globe in our booth, #1810.
Highlights of our booth:
- NEW gear. Stop by and check out our FX-M gear. This gear is modern, contemporary and ready for your department.
- NEW gloves. Our soon-to-be released gloves.
- Our PEOPLE, meet the people of Fire-Dex from our marketing department to our Regional Sales Managers to our product and development group.
- GIVEAWAYS! Yes, of course! We will give away gear every day in our booth. But, you must stop by to enter. 🙂
See you next week!