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Murray Announces Funding for Child Safety Program

Sep 04 2001

Over $10,000 in federal FEMA grants will support safety programs designed by the Richland Fire and Emergency Services Department

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of $10,704 in federal funds for the implementation of a childhood safety program for elementary school students in Richland.

The grant, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will allow Richland Fire and Emergency Services to implement Risk Watch, an injury prevention program designed to help children and families create safer homes and communities, in all Richland elementary schools. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray supported full funding for the Assistance for Firefighters Program.

"Risk Watch is a great opportunity to teach children the skills they need to make positive choices about their own safety. The program brings children, teachers and parents into the learning process so that entire communities benefit," said Senator Murray. "That is why I am pleased to announce this FEMA grant to support Richland's efforts to keep our children and communities safe."

Risk Watch, developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and intended to prevent the major unintentional injuries that threaten children in preschool through eighth grade, is the first comprehensive injury prevention curriculum available for use in schools. Risk Watch covers the following topics:

  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Fire and burn prevention
  • Choking, suffocation, and strangulation prevention
  • Poison prevention
  • Falls prevention
  • Firearms injury prevention
  • Bike and pedestrian safety
  • Water safety

    This award is part of more than $100 million in grants that will be distributed by FEMA through September 30. The awards include funding for training, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness programs, and fire prevention programs.

    More than 19,700 fire departments across the country, both volunteer and career, applied for grants this year, submitting requests totaling almost $2.98 billion.