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Fire Safety Education

Public Fire and Life Safety Education

The VDFP Communications, Public Affairs and Public Outreach Office is responsible for effectively communicating fire and emergency services information to the general population, members of the fire and emergency services community, the media and local governments in a timely, accurate and consistent manner.

Keeping the public informed is a critical component of fire prevention. Through news releases, public service announcements and radio and television interviews, the Public Affairs Office ensures that the latest information is released to the appropriate target audience.

As an additional responsibility of this office, VDFP produces a variety of informational pieces in an attempt to keep citizens informed as to operations and available programs and services. These include regular newsletters, brochures, annual report, and course catalog, among other informational outlets. Click here to access our publication library.

If you are a media representative need information, please complete the media inquiry form.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) provides technical assistance to local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations, parents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in collaborating on fire and life safety education.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) provides technical assistance to local fire departments, health educators, medical and public health professionals, classroom teachers, elder service providers, community and service organizations, parents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in collaborating on fire and life safety education.

VDFP assists fire prevention efforts by:

  • Conducting research to identify statewide fire safety education needs utilizing the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System (VFIRS).
  • Coordinating existing statewide fire and injury prevention efforts.
  • Developing goals, programs, and partnerships to increase statewide fire and injury prevention efforts.
  • Serving as liaison between federal, state, and local agencies and organizations involved in fire and life safety.
  • Developing public education materials in several forms and by making the materials available for statewide use.

Resources

Additional Resources

Prevention The Governor's Office for Substance Abuse Prevention awards and administers federal grant funds apportioned to Virginia under the State Incentive Grant Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration and the Governor's set-aside of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act funds allocated to Virginia by the U.S. Department of Education, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Under the former program, GOSAP awarded $9 million to 20 Virginia communities for the implementation of proven, evidence-based youth substance abuse prevention programs. Under the latter program, GOSAP annually makes approximately $1.3 million available for local program grants. Learn more about these programs and others which GOSAP supports.
USFA The United States Fire Administration,(USFA) an entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides leadership, coordination and support for the nation's fire prevention and control, fire training and education, and the emergency medical services activities.
Home Safety Month The Home Safety Council ® (HSC) was founded by Lowe's® Home Improvement Warehouse in 1993. The HSC is fighting to reduce thousands of preventable deaths and millions of disabling injuries that occur in American homes every year. LHSC is dedicated to helping families improve their quality of life through knowledge and better home safety practices.
Masthead National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers many fire and life safety education programs including Risk Watch and Remembering When. NFPA is the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week.

 

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Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013