The Vision 20/20 Project, a national strategic agenda for fire loss prevention, has received a grant for $20,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. With this grant, Vision 20/20 will create Community Risk Reduction (CRR) state teams, impacting over 500 fire service personnel. Vision 20/20 will help develop strategic plans in Illinois and South Carolina to improve public safety through risk assessments, home safety visits, smoke alarm installations, and community policing partnerships to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries of civilians and firefighters.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as The Vision 20/20 Project, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.
“The Vision 20/20 project is grateful to receive this grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation,” said Vision 20/20 Project Manager Jim Crawford. “We have led numerous workshops on Community Risk Reduction and trained hundreds of fire service personnel across the country. With Motorola’s support, the next step is to develop state teams that will continue to spread this knowledge on a consistent and sustainable basis. Subject matter experts focused on assisting fire departments in their state will be a force multiplier in helping our nation adopt proven CRR best practices and, as a result, create safer communities.”
This state team approach blends risk data analyses with recommended best practices to increase CRR efforts and produce measurable results in high risk populations, including children, older adults, persons with disabilities, and those with low socioeconomic status.
In 2016, Motorola Solutions Foundation funded a grant that enabled Vision 20/20 to conduct CRR training workshops in Palm Beach County, Florida; Addison, Illinois; and San Diego County, California to help local fire departments adopt proven CRR practices. As a result, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association made Community Risk Reduction one of their top initiatives for 2017 and is building on this workshop with additional programs on CRR to reach more departments in Illinois.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.
“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of The Vision 20/20 Project. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation and for more information on The Vision 20/20 Project please visit www.strategicfire.org.
About Vision 20/20
Vision 20/20 is a project of the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch. Priorities include a focus on addressing the gaps in fire prevention, developing tools and resources, and fostering an exchange of ideas to unite efforts toward a comprehensive, effective and collaborative national strategy to address the fire problem in the United States. More information can be found on our website: www.strategicfire.org; on Twitter @strategicfire; and on Facebook www.facebook.com/strategicfire.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation.