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For Immediate Release

Chesterfield County Fire and Life Safety Office and Office of the Senior Advocate Selected for National Training Conference

October 28, 2015
Senior Advocate

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County’s Office of the Senior Advocate and Fire and Life Safety Office, a section of the county’s Fire and EMS Department, were selected as winners of the 2015 National Fire Protection Association Remembering When™ Scholarship. The team will attend a training conference, Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, Nov. 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

The National Fire Protection Association selected teams from 30 communities across the United States and Canada for the training. Teams are composed of at least one member of the fire department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults. Debbie Leidheiser from the county’s Office of the Senior Advocate is partnering with Kimberly Rideout and Sabrina Strykowski from the Chesterfield County Fire and Life Safety Office.

Each award covers training, materials, and travel expenses, and is valued at more than $4,000.

Following the conference, the team will return to Chesterfield and conduct group presentations and training sessions to prepare additional facilitators. Team members will also personalize the Remembering When messages during home visits and help older adults identify changes that will increase home safety.

The county’s team will present the Remembering When program at Triad’s “Keeping Seniors Safe & Savvy” workshop on Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Midlothian YMCA. Other workshops will also be presented at the program.

“These communities are fortunate to have dedicated professionals interested in doing all they can to help older adults live safely in their homes as long as possible. Each team will return home with the ability to facilitate engaging fire and fall prevention presentations and personalized home visits for older adults,” said Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA senior project manager. “The data is loud and clear that fires and falls are serious problems for our older community members. The Remembering When program provides teams with the tools to reduce these risks.”

The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. The program is available online at no cost.

For more information about Remembering When, visit

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

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