“Nymbl is a digital program (app) and it helps to connect the brain and body through dual tasking, to improve balance. Within the app, the users are given an “”easy”” body movement to do while they play a brain game, which is the dual tasking to help improve balance. Falls are a huge issue for older adults and we as a company are trying to help prevent 1 million falls through the Nymbl program. The “”training”” sessions are only about 10 minutes long, so it’s very manageable to fit into anyone’s schedule and the best part about our program is that it’s digital, so it can be done at home.
We are proud to have many fire departments as our community partners for CRR in Colorado! The fire departments we work with in Colorado have been one of the major reasons we have almost 30K older adults using Nymbl in the Denver Metro Area.
During CRR week we will have just launched Nymbl through Oshkosh Fire Department in Wisconsin, so we will be working with them to roll out the program in their district to their older adults.
We also recently have translated all of our outreach material, the app, our landing page, and educational content into Spanish. I will be presenting to a largely Spanish speaking older adult community that week with my bilingual colleague to reach this portion of the community we have not been able to before. “
We will be promoting the importance of starting or further enhancing CRR programs no matter the size of community.
This year, we will be working to present a CRR Week Proclamation to both our Fire District Board of Trustees, as well as the City Council for the city that we protect to raise the awareness of CRR with elected officials. We have also established a partnership with our local library to provide station tours and various programs of our fire station. This partnership has SOLD OUT every single offering presented, and using this week to add some additional programming and options. Internally, we will be working on educating and equipping our responders to further their understanding of CRR and the role that they play in it!
We have 3 trainings scheduled –
When Disaster Strikes: Prepare, Act, Survive.
This course is designed to prepare individuals who may be directly affected by a disaster help themselves, their family and other community members. Participants will learn how to develop a family preparedness plan, practice self-rescue, perform search and light rescue techniques, and understand the recovery process. This training is being taught by Texas A&M Engineering (TTEX).
Our second training is being offered for our youth, Safesitter.
Offered ideally to students in grades 6-8 –
Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
Child Care Skills
Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
First Aid & Rescue Skills
Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.
Life & Business Skills
The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
Our third training session is through the same groups as Safesitter – Grandparents: Getting Started
Participants will learn how to provide the best and safest care for their grandchildren. They will also learn the latest information on how to safely care for infants and children and how to manage the behavior of children of all ages, in addition to life-saving skills such as choking rescue, first aid, and injury management.
Learning tips on creating a good relationship from the start as well as learning to say no to every request to babysit will help grandparents enhance their relationship with their children and create lasting memories with their grandchildren.
The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association serves as a key leader in the state of Illinois. Promoting change in life saving building codes, our members hold positions on the NFPA review board regarding fire and life safety codes along with the IFC. With our partnerships we continue to push our commercial and residential sprinkler model providing time for safe evacuation of buildings. IFIA provides Education across the state training the next generation of inspectors and life safety educators and offers smoke and co alarms to communities. Durning CRR week we hope to look how we can better train the future of the fire service to include a CRR mindset. The Board of Directors is looking forward to this future and the changes that can be made.
Board of Directors
We just started a station based Community Risk Reduction Committee this year. CRR is a newer concept to our department and we’d just begun to work jointly with our Community Risk Reduction Officer, Chiefs, Operations and our community to create this CRR team. CBFD is excited to start this campaign not only for CRR Week, but also through the rest of the year.
We are a State Wide Agency that works with our partner Departments around the state to encourage and advocate for CRR and Public Safety, we will be coordinating campaigns with those partner agencies.
We will be running social media ads along with connecting with community groups to get the message out of building the community safer by reducing the risk.
The Sumter, South Carolina Fire Department’s efforts for CRR Week 2024 is to have the proclamation a community awareness campaign.
During CRR week, we will continue to grow and design our program, as a relatively new program to us here at the Addison Fire Protection District. We continue to redesign our response districts daily, implement new community health programs, and build upon our data set to provide the best services to our residents and guests here in Addison. Along with that, we will highlight our services currently offered to our residents be our H.E.L.P program offering free distribution of health equipment. Our Partnership with the American Red cross and Illinois Fire Safety Alliance offering free smoke alarms. Our Free CO alarm program and our free residential key box program. Truly CRR is one of the key future ideas of the fire service and we all here are ready to embrace that change.
Addison Fire Protection District
Push on smoke alarms, open burning rules, and fire alarm activations, enforcement and follow ups.
We plan to continue to educate residents about the importance of smoke alarms, while providing smoke alarms, batteries, and physical assistance to qualifying residents. This plan will include educating residents on how to maintain smoke alarms, targeting manufactured home communities for physical assistance (testing and alarm/battery replacement.) Operate a Non-Emergency Smoke (and CO) Alarm weblink that offers alarms, batteries, and/or physical assistance to qualifying residents.
Sharing the social media posts from the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association social media feeds. Also will have Conley Media promote the story in the Washington County Daily News and several of their other papers.
A social media post for each day of CRR Week. The Sunday post will have the CRR logo, and Monday through Friday featuring one of the five E’s of CRR. The Saturday post will sum up the week.
We will be providing CRR training nuggets to our personnel and celebrate the many successful efforts being done in the name of CRR collectively in our organization, along with posting of related content to social media platforms.