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FirePrevented.org is a program of EdQuest,
“ Do not hide from firefighters.”
Teaching kids how firefighters look and sound with air masks saves lives.
“ Working smoke alarms in your home double the chance of surviving fire. ”
“ Children mistakenly believe that they can control the fires that they set. Once
a fire is set, it only takes about two-
Over 40% of juvenile firesetters are under age 5. Firesetting is the largest cause of home deaths among children where almost 34% of the victims of child-set fires are the children themselves.
40% of set fires are by Children
74% increase in loss of life or property fires in Woodbury over just the last 6 years, while fires overall in Minnesota went down over the same time.
The Woodbury Heights Fire Department was originally formed in 2006 to teach the lessons learned from the loss of life 2005 'Silverwood' fire in Woodbury - otherwise known as The Woodbury Fire, the last loss of life fire in Woodbury MN until 2015.
In 2015, although we had asked Woodbury Bulletin not to incorrectly attribute our work, the Woodbury Bulletin published a great story about the work of Woodbury Fire with preschoolers, but accidentally incorrectly attributed that good work to the City of Woodbury, who had cut PreK fire prevention in 2012. As a matter of correction, instead of retraction, the Woodbury Bulletin published a 2015 story about Woodbury Fire, now the Woodbury Heights Fire Department. including Bill Braun and the other retired firefighters volunteering to prevent fire; the Minnesota Legislature wrote MS 424A.001 Subd. 10, the definition of 'volunteer firefighter' to include those volunteers doing fire prevention work as Minnesota firefighters. The State of Minnesota legally defines a "Fire Department" in MS 424A.001 Subd. 2. as an "independent nonprofit firefighting corporation", which included the Woodbury Heights Fire Department (EdQuest, Inc), as chartered by the Minnesota Secretary of State under Chapter 317A as an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
But still, in 2016 the City of Woodbury went ahead and sued about that confusion. The lawsuit was DISMISSED with prejudice but also resulted in an agreement with the municipal corporation City of Woodbury for an ORDER that everyone was happy with. The City of Woodbury affirmed the quality of Woodbury Fire's education but the lack of availability of those services from the City of Woodbury as the problem so wanted to avoid confusion, asked Woodbury Fire to be known as the "Woodbury Heights Fire Department", in our public-facing communication, as requested by the City of Woodbury, where 'Woodbury' and 'Heights' would be the same size and typeface, which was so ordered by Judge Maas in District Court.
The Woodbury Heights Fire Department is ordinazed an OSHA 1910.156 fire brigade, and as such under 1910.156(b)(1) for worker safety is required by federal regulations to have a 'chief' responsible for operations and training of the firefighters.