The Vision 20/20 Project was awarded a grant from the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to expand the implementation of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) across the nation. CRR is a proven method of for the fire service to effectively engage with the public and make their communities safer for both the citizens and fire fighters alike.
There are four activities that The Vision 20/20 Project will be focusing on as part of this grant:
- Expanding the content and use of the ground-breaking Vision 20/20 Fire Safety Materials Generator. This is a free, online tool where a fire department can create fire safety materials such as flyers, door hangers or social media messages using templates with proven messaging and graphics.
- Work aggressively with six high-risk states to help expand or implement CRR through the installation of smoke alarms and alerting devices for people that are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Conduct a national summit on smoke alarms in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and in partnership with organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association, the United States Fire Administration, and others. This summit will focus on new technologies and strategies for promoting the use of working smoke alarms.
- Conduct a national CRR leadership conference with the Congressional Fire Services Institute, preparing future leaders to assume responsibilities to promote CRR concepts in the U.S. Fire Service.
The Vision 20/20 Project is a collaborative effort that is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from national emergency service organizations and agencies. Its focus is bringing together people and organizations to work together to address some of the most pressing fire safety and community risk issues and developing the tools and resources that can be used at the local level.