In the Capital Region, Red Cross volunteers are called to respond to an emergency once every 16 hours. An overwhelming majority of these emergencies involve home fires.
PG&E and the Red Cross have joined forces to create Team Firestopper, a disaster mitigation project which provides hands-on fire prevention education, while also increasing a neighborhood’s capacity to recover from any man-made and natural disaster.
This volunteer-led program provides education and hands-on community fire prevention activities and information through a comprehensive program focused on communities that are disproportionately affected by fires.
Utilizing a two-fold approach, Team Firestopper begins with a community canvass during which volunteers go door-to-door providing free fire safety information and resources to residents. Residents are then invited to register for a fire safety seminar to be held the following week, during which they receive hands-on training. Seminar participants learn valuable fire safety skills such as how to make a family emergency plan, how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, using Hands-Only CPR, and more.
Participants in the fire safety seminars are then provided with free smoke detectors, CO detectors, fire extinguishers, and more to help make their families safer.
Team Firestopper Reach
Team Firestopper launched in the Capital Region in March of 2013 with a goal of reaching 14,000 homes. With events thus far in Oak Park (Sacramento), West Sacramento, Modesto, Stockton, and North Highlands (Sacramento), more than 10,000 homes have received valuable fire safety information and over 200 people have participated in Team Firestopper fire safety seminars.
Team Firestopper will next reach out to communities in Yuba City and Red Bluff in November.
Volunteer with Team Firestopper
Skip the gym and get some exercise walking during Team Firestopper’s broad awareness campaign! Volunteers will go door-to-door and distribute brochures, door hangers, fact sheets and other materials to teach residents about essential home fire safety tips.
SAFETY FAIR SEMINAR LEADER
Know a thing or two about safety in the home and fire prevention? Share your smarts as a seminar leader for a family-friendly fire prevention presentation. Are you fluent in another language? With the Capital Region’s diverse population, bilingual volunteers are definitely needed.
SAFETY FAIR SEMINAR ASSISTANT
Want to do a little bit of everything? Seminar Assistants keep community seminars and programs running smoothly by helping out with everything from registration to distributing fire safety kits.
Make sure our families walk away with all that Team Firestopper has to offer. You will check-in families, deliver surveys, and review safety fair-station cards, making sure families receive all of their materials at the end of the day.
For questions and more information about Team Firestopper, please call 916.993.7061.