By Becky Robinette Wright
Portsmouth Fire Chief Don Horton is taking a pro-active approach to saving lives.
In a press release earlier this year Fire Chief Don Horton stated, â€œPortsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services will continue initiatives such as installing free smoke alarms and batteries, to keep fire deaths obsolete.â€
But that is not all the department is doing.
Chief Horton said that new fire prevention programs have created opportunities for enlightenment and education of the public.
A Home Safety Survey Program, where citizens can request for firefighters to come into their home and give fire safety advice, continues to be a successful new initiative.
A monthly news article in the Virginian-Pilot by Fire Chief Don Horton, as well as a designated Public Information Officer helps provide the community with information and education.
Attendance and participation by fire department personnel at civic league
meetings was increased 200%, and â€œAfter the Fireâ€ brochures have been
available to people affected by fires. The department held its inaugural
Citizenâ€™s Fire Academy in 2011, where citizens gained insight into the many duties of a fire fighter.
In 2011, Portsmouth reported zero fire deaths, that was the first year without fire deaths since 2005. Officials also reported a 12% reduction in fires.
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