NFPA Urban Fire Safety Project
Urban Fire Forum
October 21, 2011
Sharon Gamache
Program Director
High-Risk Outreach Programs
Purpose of Urban Fire Safety Task Force
To examine the unique challenges facing
fire and life safety educators in large cities
with populations of 250,000 and more.
Develop strategies to address those
challenges and share them with large city
fire departments.
Implement the recommendations of the
2007 Urban Fire Safety Report in cities.
Urban Fire Safety Task Force
20 Cities in 2010
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Hamilton, ON
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Los Angeles, CA
Memphis, TN
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Philadelphia, PA
St. Louis, MO
St. Paul, MN
Tulsa, OK
Washington, DC
History of Project
Project Implementations
Columbus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Hamilton, Ontario
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
El Paso, Texas
Partnerships with Housing
Preventing Arson Together
Remembering When
Train-the-Trainer Sessions
Presentations to Older Adults
Meetings with immigrant leaders
Easy to read flyers
Escape planning
Electrical Safety
9 languages
Analyze numbers of deaths and
residential fires by census tract.
Community outreach to learn what
residents have to say regarding effective
delivery of fire safety information.
History of Project
El Paso, Texas
NFPA team building
Remembering When Train-theTrainer Session.
2010/2011 Urban Fire Safety Project
El Paso, Texas
Outreach to neighborhoods of
Burgundy/Lancaster and San
Focus groups in high-risk
Remembering When Train-theTrainer
Hired DLG research to conduct
eight focus groups: four in Spanish and four in
Older Adult, 65-80 who live in their own
houses or apartments
Lower income working parents of children
ages 0-7
Single mothers of children 0-14
Low and middle income renters and
Focus group results
 What
you feel is important in your
lives? Health, having a job, taking care
of financial well-being of family, taking
care of selves in retirement.
 How
you feel about fire safety? Not
a priority in one’s lives. They are aware
of recent fires and fire deaths through
media, mostly television.
Focus Groups
What do you think of fire dept
initiatives on fire safety? Liked reaching
kids through schools, reaching older adults,
and home surveys and smoke alarms.
What about media campaigns? All
groups said TV and radio most important.
Five Step Planning Process for Urban
Fire Departments
Conduct a community analysis
Develop partnerships in the community
Create a strategy to solve the problem
Implement the strategy in the community
Evaluate the results
Five Step Planning features planning and
implementation examples from
large cities.
NFPA urban projects – what we provide
Focus groups to help determine best ways
to reach audiences in your city.
Train the Trainer on NFPA’s Remembering
When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention
Program for Older Adults
of two of the Urban Fire
Safety Project recommendations