FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The Fairview Fire District is pleased to announce that the District has been awarded the “James W. Wright Public Education Award” presented by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. This prestigious award is presented to recognize individuals and agencies for their outstanding effort in providing fire and life safety education programs to citizens of New York State. Members of the Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Team, received the award at the 46th Annual Fire and Life Safety Educator Conference, at the New York State Academy of Fire Science. The Fire and Life Safety Educator Conference, hosted by New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, brings together public educators in emergency services from across the Northeast and Canada to participate in workshops, hands-on training, and networking, to improve upon and enhance their education programs.
The Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Team currently consist of one Lieutenant and two Firefighter/EMTs who are nationally certified Fire and Life Safety Educators, and the District Chief. Fairview’s public educators attend this conference annually to build upon and improve our education programs so that we may better serve our community. The Fairview Fire District formally established the special position of Fire Prevention Coordinator in 1989. Since then, Fairview has seen 7 different coordinators, including adding positions. The program has evolved with the times to better meet the needs of the community it serves. This includes changing the program title from “fire prevention” to “public education” to more accurately reflect the valuable and comprehensive services provided to the community that go above and beyond educating on just fire prevention.
The Public Education Team works together to provide CPR and Stop the Bleed training to the public, check and install child car seats, install smoke alarms in resident’s homes, visit elementary schools and daycares teaching children about fire safety, and much more. Since 2002, Fairview’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians have checked/installed approximately 4,500 child car seats, and our firefighters have installed approximately 500 smoke alarms in homes of Fairview residents since 2012. Additionally, through community partnerships with local institutions, we have collaboratively developed targeted education programs to not only increase safety, but to also decrease the frequency of unnecessary alarms. Our team is committed to public safety, and reducing risks to those living in and traveling through our community through education.
The Fairview Fire District is honored to receive this prestigious award, and will continue to strive for excellence in educating our public and keeping our community safe. Remember, your Fairview Firefighters are here when you them, 24/7.
|From left to right: Chief Christopher Maeder, Asst. Pub Ed Coordinator Ryan Fincham, Pub Ed Coordinator Chris Lewis, Lt. Justin Bohlmann|
|Pub Ed Coordinator Lewis thanks the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs for the award.|
|The leadership and Pub Ed Committee from the NYS Assn. of Fire Chiefs with FFD Staff.|