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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL PARTICIPATE IN SOUND OFF PROGRAM


01/13/21
               

For Immediate Release:

January 13, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire

509.892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL PARTICIPATE IN SOUND OFF PROGRAM

STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE RECEIVES FEMA GRANT FOR SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) is one of several local Fire Agencies that will participate in the Sound Off Program.  The program is designed to teach elementary school children how to stay safe from fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is a FEMA grant sub-recipient and will participate in the Sound Off Program.

“Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol is a school-based fire safety program created through a grant to the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), a non-profit organization,” said SVFD Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “The program teaches children in grades 2-3 and their caregivers how to stay safe from fire and offers home safety visits to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.”

Washington joins six other states (Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont) as new Phase 1 State Teams. Each state team has selected 3-5 local teams to deliver three Sound Off lessons in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms in a total of 29 high-risk communities. State teams will distribute free smoke alarms provided by the grant to install in student and other high-risk homes.

Spokane Valley Fire Department is extremely proud to be a part of this program that helps educate and create a safe community for children and their families,” said SVFD Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Specialist, Caroline Kusher. “This program upholds CRR practices and promotes fire safe communities as a way of life for everyone. To learn about some of our other CRR efforts, join us on social media during the 2nd Annual CRR Week, January 18 -24. This year’s theme is “Getting Ahead of the Call”.

If classroom visits are not possible due to COVID-19, some virtual tools have been developed and more will be developed during the grant period. Local teams in Washington include Lacey Fire District 3, North County Regional Fire Authority, Pasco Fire Department, Spokane Fire Department, and Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Over the next few months, representatives from these agencies and the SFMO will receive virtual training from MPHI project managers. The training will cover Sound Off history, best practices, and development; the teaching kit and other printed materials; and review online videos and virtual materials.

The SFMO is excited to participate in this proven and worthy program as it works towards making Washington a safe place to live, work, and play.

 

About Spokane Valley Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the district’s 75-square miles. In 2020, SVFD firefighter crews including its paramedics and EMTs responded to 18,789 emergency calls.

Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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