Everyone Goes Home® Announces the “Save a Life, Tell the Story” Contest

This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced in mid-December.

Everyone Goes Home® announces the launch of its Save a Life, Tell the Story contest to promote best practices in fire safety prevention and education. Sponsored by Kidde, the contest will run from October 30 through November 27, and encourages fire departments to submit life-save stories that resulted from their fire safety education efforts.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will choose a panel of independent judges from the fire safety industry to review each entry and select five winners. The judges will base their results on the creativity of the educational outreach that resulted in the life save, as well as the number of people impacted.

“Because the best way to prevent home fires is through fire safety education and awareness, we felt it was important to recognize fire departments that have implemented creative fire safety educational outreach in their communities, and to reward those efforts through our Save a Life, Tell the Story contest,” said Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “This will also give us a compilation of best practices for public education that will help more fire departments save lives.”

Each winner will receive 200 Kidde smoke alarms and a VIP package to the 2009 Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) dinner in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Kidde, the world’s largest fire safety product manufacturer and the contest’s sponsor.

“Kidde is honored to support Save a Life, Tell the Story,” said Suzanne Turner, manager of marketing and communications for Kidde Residential and Commercial. “Statistics show that public education, along with working smoke alarms, help reduce fire fatalities and increase the chances of a family escaping a fire safely. This contest is a great way to reward departments’ fire prevention efforts.” The VIP package to the CFSI dinner on April 2, 2009 will include a $500.00 travel stipend, one premier seat at the Kidde sponsor table, as well as an invitation to the Board of Directors Reception held before the dinner.

Previous keynote speakers at the CFSI dinner have included President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney, Vice President Al Gore and Senator John McCain. In addition, the following awards will be presented: CFSI Legislator of the Year, CFSI Organization of the Year, Home Safety Council’s Safety Education Hero Award, and the CFSI / Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award.

Winners will be announced in mid-December.

About the Everyone Goes Home® Program:

Everyone Goes Home® is a national program by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries. In March 2004, a Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held to address the need for change within the fire service. Through this meeting, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were produced and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home®.