The “Fire Is” Program is a coalition of the New Jersey Fire Prevention and Protection Association (Fire Officials who enforce fire codes), The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (Superintendents and Principals), Safe Kids New Jersey, New Jersey State Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association ( NJ State FMBA) and JAG (Jersey Access Goup a consortium of Public, Education and Government television stations). Barnabas Health provided funding to make this program possible.
In the United States, someone dies in a home fire every 3 hours, and someone is injured every half-hour.
Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented – if more people knew what to do. The Fire Isvideo series can save lives! These stories about residential fires provide a valuable opportunity to give your community a safety message during a teachable moment. Drop in these prevention tips and facts, and you just might save a life!
Fire Safety Essentials
All U.S. homes should have working smoke alarms. The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers lowers the risk of death from fire by more than 80%. In the event of a fire, escape first – then call for help.
The Team Behind “Fire Is…”
The “Fire Is…” initiative was conceived by Dr. Frank Field, with more than 50 years’ experience as science editor, meteorologist and reporter for the local NBC, CBS and Fox networks in New York City. He became passionate about fire prevention in 1987 when he read the alarming statistics regarding civilian fire death and injury rates in the United States.
The New Jersey Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association, (NJ FMBA) is a labor union which has represented career firefighters in the State of New Jersey for more than 110 years and knows firsthand of the importance of fire safety among children.
The NJ FMBA originally brought this program to New Jersey’s communities through a grant from the NJ Office of Homeland Security but has now entered into a partnership with The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, which is a member of Barnabas Health. This partnership capitalizes on the existing relationship between New Jersey’s firefighters and the state’s only certified burn treatment facility. The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas and the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation have a long history of providing burn and fire prevention education to the residents of New Jersey.