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July 11, 2011

News Highlights

  • Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch receives $949,000 grant to continue the groundbreaking work of the Vision 20/20 project
  • Project brings together the Nation’s fire safety organizations to develop strategies to reduce the loss of life and injury from fire
  • Alexandria Fire Department to receive funding from grant award to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the Alexandria community.

More Information

On July 6, 2011 the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch announced an award of a $949,000 grant by the Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program to continue the work of the landmark Vision 20/20 project (  Vision 20/20 has played a central role since its inception in 2007 in bringing together the Nation’s fire safety organizations to develop common strategies for reducing the loss of life and injury from fire.

 There are five strategies that have been collaboratively developed, including:

  • Increase advocacy for fire prevention
  • Conduct a national safety education/social marketing campaign
  • Raise the importance of fire prevention within the fire service
  • Promote technology to enhance fire and life safety
  • Refine and improve the application of codes and standards that enhance public and fire fighter safety and preserve community assets

This grant will expand the Community Risk Reduction concepts in five communities, including Alexandria (VA), Cleveland (OH), Palm Beach County (FL), Rosemount (MN) and Washington (DC) to build on the recommendations from previous grass-roots efforts in various U.S. cities and in the United Kingdom.  

The Alexandria Fire Department will receive a portion of this grant award in the amount of $124,118 to continue the Department’s commitment to fire prevention and fire safety. The Department will provide and install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to Alexandria residents and will educate residents on the importance of maintaining such alarms.  In addition, funds from this grant award will go towards the purchase and distribution of outreach materials which are designed to increase the community’s awareness of the advantages of early detection of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide.  The Department plans to purchase smoke / carbon monoxide alarms as well as smoke alarms for the hard of hearing.  Such alarms will be made available to residents of the City of Alexandria at no charge. 

For more information, visit Vision 20/20 at and the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch at

For more information, contact Robert Rodriguez, Chief Fire Marshal / Community Services Officer, Alexandria Fire Department, at 703.746.5217 or