Yesterday, myself and the rest of the Community Preparedness and Resilience Team attended a luncheon at the Fresno Fire Museum to kick off the third season of Team Firestopper. We arrived early to set up the event and expected the occasion to run smoothly, allowing us to interact with our community partners and sponsors. By the time the attendees of the event arrived, the room looked fantastic and the speakers began. First was Ellen Knapp, the American Red Cross Regional CEO. I really enjoyed when she sat her script on the podium, and spoke freely about our amazing supervisor, Alex Villa, who is the father of Team Firestopper. She beamed that two years ago, Alex walked into her office with this bright idea to emphasize disaster preparedness in order to minimize or completely eliminate house fires in the Central Valley. As more and more people spoke of the accomplishments of Alex and his program, I realized that I was sitting in the presence of a revolutionary.
For more information on when and where Team Firestopper events take place, and how to get involved, be sure to visit http://www.redcross.org/ca/fresno/be-prepared/team-firestopper
American Red Cross – Kern Chapter
AmeriCorps NPRC Member 2013-2014
Community Preparedness and Resilience Services