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CAFD, FDL Human Services selected for national training conference

The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) and Fond du Lac Human Services Division-Community Health Services have been selected to participate in a training conference on fire and fall prevention sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The conference, “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults,” will be held June 4-6 in Las Vegas. NFPA has selected teams from 30 communities across the United States and Canada for the training. Teams are composed of one member of the fire department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults through home visits.

Sarah Buhs, public education coordinator from the Cloquet Area Fire District, is teamed with KaRee Lockling, injury prevention coordinator from the FDL Human Services Division. Each team will train alongside an NFPA public education field partner from the same state or region.

Each award covers training, materials, and travel expenses, and is valued at more than $4,000.

Following the conference, Buhs and Lockling will conduct a minimum of five group presentations and at least two train-the-trainer sessions for FDLHSD Home Health Services, which will integrate materials from the Remembering When program into its outreach through home visits.

“The Remembering When program targets a wide age range of older adults. We believe helping active adults develop safe habits will reduce risks of fire and fall injuries as they age,” said Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA senior project manager. “Folks over the age of 65 are twice as likely to die in a home fire compared to the total population. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury for this age group. This program uses a partnership approach to help fire and life safety educators reduce the risks of falls and fires in their communities.”

The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible.  The program is available online at no cost. For more information about Remembering When, visit