Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great day at the Navajo Nation!

We had a great day installing smoke alarms around Crownpoint, NM, with students from the Navajo Technical University and firefighters from the Crownpoint Fire Department. We visited 7 homes, installed 15 smoke alarms and 3 Lifetones (hard of hearing alerting devices). This was a great learning experience for everyone and we made a big difference in the homes we visited, where kids were living, elderly in wheelchairs and people with vision impairments. One of the homes was pretty far out there on a dirt road, so the fire department response time would have been pretty significant, so having smoke alarms (they had none) could make all of the difference in the world.

What a great experience, and I'm so glad to have been a part of this project with the Minger Foundation!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Community Service Project in New Mexico

I am heading out to Crownpoint, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, to do a Campus Fire Safety Community Service Project with students from the Navajo Technical University and the Crownpoint Fire Department.  This is another one of a series of projects we're doing under the Michael H. Minger Foundation, which was funded by a grant from the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety program.

First thing, this is incredible country out here. The rock formations the sky...just incredible. I'm going to do a little bit of exploring this morning before we do the class with the students and the fire department.

We are doing five different communities as part of this grant, two of which are Indian reservations, the Navajo and the Tohono O'odham in Arizona. It has been a great learning experience with all five, ranging from rural Appalachia to the desert along the Mexican border in Arizona.  I'll post more about this after today's class and home visits.