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July 21, 2008
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bill Moody, Chief Fire Inspector, 441-7791


Mayor Chris Beutler was joined today by members of the City’s Bureau of Fire Prevention and officials from the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) to kick off a special fire prevention training session for citizens with visual impairments.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention was awarded a grant for more than $44,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) earlier this year for a comprehensive fire safety and prevention education project designed to target specific groups, including those with visual impairments.

“It’s important that this kind of safety program reach the entire community,” said Mayor Beutler. “Fighting fires is very difficult and dangerous work. The best way to prevent the injuries, deaths and property losses due to fires is to educate the public. I am very pleased that this project is targeting several specific groups including new Americans, older residents, college students and, those with visual impairments.”

Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody said today’s training session grew out of a successful pilot program last year.

“This fire prevention grant allows us to do some creative and innovative training, specifically today for the blind and visually impaired,” said Moody. “Through today’s sessions, participants will learn to use fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, smoke detector operation and maintenance as well as kitchen fire safety.”

“It is important for everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency,” said Nancy Flearl, Omaha District Supervisor for the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. “Our agency works with blind consumers on daily living skills and this program will teach them the proper techniques to employ in case of a fire.”

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