Fire Is Everyone’s Fight free webinars

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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) offers a series of free webinars to fire and life safety audiences as part of Fire is Everyone’s Fight™. Watch this page for information about our upcoming webinars.

Upcoming webinars

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Previous webinars

Fire Safety Pictographs — Images that Teach in Any Language

Watch a recording of this May 10, 2018 webinar

What you will learn

In this webinar, we showcase the latest additions to the USFA pictograph library. This webinar also addresses the in-depth testing done to ensure the messages are understood and effective. Plus, we highlight how USFA's pictographs are already being used in the field by fire safety educators.

About our presenter

Teresa Neal is the lead for USFA’s public education program as part of the Prevention and Information Branch. She has been with USFA for 14 years. Teresa manages Fire is Everyone’s Fight and is USFA’s liaison to the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messaging Advisory Committee.

Visual Language — Overcoming Literacy Barriers in Communication

Watch a recording of this Feb. 22, 2018 webinar

What you will learn

In this webinar, we showcase 27 pictographs that we developed to graphically convey key fire safety messages such as testing smoke alarms each month and practicing a home escape plan. We also cover the in-depth qualitative testing done to ensure the messages are understood and effective.

About our presenter

Teresa Neal is the lead for USFA’s public education program as part of the Prevention and Information Branch. She has been with USFA for 14 years. Teresa manages Fire is Everyone’s Fight and is USFA’s liaison to the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messaging Advisory Committee.

Igniting Behavior Change — A Tactical Approach to Fire Safety Communication

Watch a recording of this Aug. 30, 2017 webinar

What you will learn

This webinar will provide participants an opportunity to learn more about what motivational interviewing (MI) is and how it differs from other styles of communication. Participants will observe MI as style of communication for engaging individuals and groups of community members to promote fire safety.

About our presenter

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW, is with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and an independent consultant. Since 2001, Laura has designed, facilitated and delivered training and coaching in person, online and via distance learning in the fields of health care, human services, public health and criminal justice. Laura’s online courses are taught through Brown University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of learners who are interested in using MI. Laura has also conducted train-the-trainer events. She joined the International group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006.

Plain Language, Literacy and Effective Messaging

Watch a recording of this May 4, 2017 webinar

What you will learn

This presentation will discuss plain language and literacy principles to assist you and your organization as you prepare prevention and public education materials. Presenter Teresa Neal will cover writing and layout principles that make materials understood by the general public, as well as high-risk populations.

About our presenter

Teresa is the lead for USFA’s public education program as part of the Prevention and Information Branch. She has been with USFA for 14 years. Teresa manages Fire is Everyone’s Fight and is USFA’s liaison to the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messaging Advisory Committee.

Using Social Media to Benefit Your Public Safety Agency

Watch a recording of this June 8, 2016 webinar

What you will learn

Is your department using social media to its advantage?

As agencies are beginning to adapt social media as a tool to inform people, improve awareness, and plan ahead, agencies also need to be aware of how to use social media to their advantage. Agencies can make, promote and send out their own video, photo and written content. They can communicate directly with their communities as well as receive priority on news platforms who are seeking original content before, during or after an emergency.

This webinar, presented by Bill Delaney, will explore how Montgomery County (Maryland) Fire and Rescue is taking their social media and third party platforms to a new level in an effort to spread fire/injury prevention and emergency preparedness messages to local news and residents, as well as stories and important safety information.

About our presenter

Bill Delaney has over 33 years of experience in the fire service, and over the last 16 years has served as a civilian program manager with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFRS). He currently manages the MCFRS’s robust social media platforms and serves as part of the public information office staff. He is a nationally recognized speaker presenting at The Emergency Management Summit and the National Fire Protection Association. Mr. Delaney is a past chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virtual Social Media Working Group.

Reaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences

Watch a recording of this March 23, 2016 webinar

What you will learn

Is your message reaching your intended audience?

Fire departments across the country have seen a slow, steady decline of fire deaths over the last decade. However, in most cases, safety messages are still not reaching those who need it most: people with limited education and finances.

This webinar explores the perceptions many have about these audiences and how to change behavior through effective messages. Our presenter, Andrea G. Vastis, will explain how to effectively reach people with limited education and finances and reveal the key components to encourage behavior change.

About our presenter

Andrea G. Vastis has over 20 years of health education and public health experience, having worked in employee wellness, as a public health promotion specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Health, and in teaching and preparing undergraduate community health educators at Rhode Island College. Andrea has spent her career promoting messages that encourage public safety, disease prevention and health promotion to audiences who are not easily accessible. She has drawn on her career’s work to develop this dynamic presentation.

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