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Senior Center Celebrations offers opportunities for fire and fall prevention education

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By Lisa Braxton

Students have gone back to school, Labor Day is behind us. Now the celebration for older adults begins.National Senior Center Month is celebrated every September. It’s a time when senior centers shine the spotlight on career fairs, financial and health fitness workshops, expos, and lifelong learning classes they offer. Centers expect higher attendance than usual from older adults, which provides a great opportunity to reach a sizable number of people with NFPA’s Remembering When program.

Remembering When, centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention, was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others.

You can download the program and supporting materials free from the NFPA website or, for a nominal fee, we’ll print out all 106 pages in full color and ship them to you. Either way, you’ll play an important role in making National Senior Center Month, and fire and fall prevention, memorable.

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Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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