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United States Fire Administrator, FEMA Region V Administrator, and Nation’s Fire Service Leaders to travel to Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus to urge public to be Fire Safe and #WinterReady ahead of DHS Extreme Cold Summit

United States Fire Administrator, FEMA Region V Administrator, and Nation’s Fire Service Leaders to travel to Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus to urge public to be Fire Safe and #WinterReady ahead of DHS Extreme Cold Summit

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Fire dangers increase during the winter months and claim more lives than any other time of the year. More than 25 children across the country have already died in home fires since January 1, 2024. The total number of fatalities so far 142, an average of 8 fire fatalities a day. At this rate, fire deaths are on track to hit 3000 in 2024 topping the nearly 2,300 deaths that occurred in 2023 – which included 232 children, 498 older adults, and 85 firefighters.

Deaths caused by fire are only part of the story as there are thousands of displacements when homes are destroyed, contributing to the homelessness numbers across the nation.

These sobering statistics highlight the need to educate the public on ways to protect themselves, especially during winter months as cold weather brings additional home fire risks. Unwanted and destructive fires are preventable, and the steps people take to prepare now can save lives.

On January 22, 23, and 24, Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, the head of the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 Administrator Tom Sivak and leaders of America’s national fire service organizations in Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois; and Columbus, Ohio respectively to draw public attention to fire safety measures that can be taken to make sure children and older adults are both fire safe and #WinterReady.

This event will take place ahead of the Department of Homeland Security’s Extreme Cold Summit which aims to convene voices and resources from across the country to share local community challenges, winter vulnerabilities, and real-life actionable steps to combat the impact of extreme cold.

Federal, local, and national organization leaders will be available for interviews before and immediately following the press event.

Featured Speakers

Detroit, Michigan

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 11:30 am local time

Detroit Fire Department Engine 30 | 16543 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235

Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 10:00 am local time

Chicago Fire Department Engine 38 | 3949 W 16th Street, Chicago, IL 60623

Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 10:00 am local time

Columbus Division of Fire Station 16 | 1465 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, OH 43224

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