The Abington Board of Commissioners recognized the Abington Township Fire Department Thursday for receiving the 2011 Chief Robert W. Little Jr. Memorial Fire Safety Education Award -- given out by the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania (FASP).
Jerry Poland, Director of FASP, attended the meeting to present Abington Fire Department representatives with a plaque, and to recognize the department. Poland said the fire department’s nomination stood out from the many others submitted, adding that the Abington Fire Department weaves fire prevention and safety education into everything it does.
The Fire Safety Education Award is presented to the top nine fire companies or departments (three per division) who have done an outstanding job of providing fire safety education programs to their residents.
The Abington Fire Department took first place in Division A, which is for departments serving a population of 10,000 or more. First-prize recipients are awarded an engraved plaque and $800, which the ATFD received when it attended the annual FASP conference in September.
The ATFD has a comprehensive fire safety education program that includes regular observances of Fire Prevention Week; annual visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well as public, private and parochial schools; and participation in annual community events like National Pre-Night Out and NAACP Unity Day.
The department also produced five fire safety public service announcement videos; they may be viewed on the ATFD website.
Information courtesy of Jessica Lester