Team FireStopper Making Capital Region Communities Fire Safe

Team FireStopper Making Capital Region Communities Fire Safe
Local volunteers respond to emergencies once every 16 hours and over 90 percent of those emergencies are house fires.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Friday, October 18, 2013 — The American Red Cross Capital Region is working with communities to raise awareness and reduce fire risks. Through Team Firestopper, a new disaster mitigation program that educates through targeted community outreach and fire safety seminars, thousands of households getting the information they need to stay fire safe.

This Saturday, October 19, Red Cross volunteers will conduct fire safety seminars in three Capital Region cities – Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto – providing tools and hands-on education to help local residents plan and prepare for fire emergencies. Such skills will include included how to build a “go-kit” of emergency supplies, coordinate an evacuation plan, make emergency preparations for pets, and basic instruction on hands-only CPR.

“On average, our local volunteers respond to an emergency once every 16 hours, with over 90 percent of those emergencies being house fires,” said Kathleen Weis, Chief Executive Officer for the Red Cross Capital Region. “While we hope to never experience such a crisis, it is important that every person learns how to plan, prepare, and react just in case.”

Fire safety seminars will be held on Saturday from 9am – 12:30pm at the following locations and will be attended by residents who registered during last weekend’s community canvass.

  • North Highlands (Sacramento), Community Outreach Academy - 6540 Dudle Blvd., McClellan, CA 95652
  • Stockton, Seifert Community Center - 128 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, CA 95207
  • Modesto, Central Grace Community Church - 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto, CA 95351
  • Residents taking part in Saturday’s seminars were invited to attend through a community canvass held last Saturday, during which Red Cross volunteers went door-to-door offering free fire safety information to the community. Volunteers provided information to over 6,000 households, and Saturday’s three seminars are expected to welcome more than 150 residents.

    This will be the third Team Firestopper event in the Capital Region. In March, Red Cross volunteers launched the effort in Oak Park (Sacramento) and in June reached out to West Sacramento. Additional Team Firestopper events are planned for Red Bluff and Yuba City in November.

    About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrssCRC.