NFPA has named the Brockton Fire Department of Massachusetts as the recipient of the 2012 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The $5,000 grant will support the department’s fire and life safety public education initiative in high-rise housing, called the “High-Rise Apartment Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program.”
From left: Lt. Robert Hendrigan, Captain Jeffrey Gillpatrick, Chief Richard Francis of the Brockton Fire Department, Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti, Gary Keith of NFPA, Rosemary Foster, president of Belair Tower Tenants Association, and Richard Sergi of Brockton Housing Authority. Photos available; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFPA awards this grant annually to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign.
In 2011, Brockton Fire Department responded to 21,277 incidents and 1,180 of these occurred at the same five high-rise properties. The fire department will team up with the Brockton Housing Authority and the Brockton Emergency Management Agency to provide public education to these five properties and will then expand the outreach to other housing developments.
The program will be evaluated using a three-part approach: a comparison of incident numbers before and after the program’s implementation, instructor evaluations, and an apartment fire safety survey in which residents will respond to questions about fire hazards in their homes.