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Kansas Fire Safety: Education Training with Fire Fighters and the Deaf Community

Friday, October 30, 2015

photo of Sara Sack

Sara Sack, PhD, Project Director

Sheila Simmons

Sheila Simmons, MA, Project Coordinator

Funded by: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: FEMA

Engagement is at the center of learning.  This award was made to continue and expand the work that was accomplished with the 2012-13 Fire Safety project.

The goals of the 2015-16 project will expand Kansas capacity for prevention and control of fire related incidences, injuries and deaths by increasing understanding of the need for, acquisitions of, and proper use of smoke alarms to meet the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing and increasing knowledge of people who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing in-home fire safety education, fire escape planning and practice, and installing accessible smoke alarms. 

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) will collaborate with the Kansas Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf Cultural Center, Olathe Fire Department, and Kansas Association/Deaf Clubs to create a permanent statewide network that will conduct cross training with local fire departments and members of the deaf and hearing impaired community. The project will expedite its activities due to the existence of educational materials developed from a previous successful Fire Safety and Prevention project.

The project has eight objectives and will educate a minimum of 300 individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, conduct smoke alarm installations for 180 people who are hearing impaired across the state, and teach deaf culture and communications to twelve local fire departments serving larger populations of the deaf community.

People of all ages with a documented hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing), individuals, family members or service providers interested in the Kansas Fire Solutions 2015-16 program can contact the program by calling toll-free 800-KAN DO IT (800-526-3648).


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