Note: A copy of the Oct. 2022 email sent to the Harrisburg NAACP Environmental Committee follows. Sentence on the September Committee was added.
Cheers! It's our second Halloween as the founding Harrisburg NAACP Environmental Committee.
It's also time for production of the animated cartoon on fire safety and prevention. As mentioned in the executive meeting, I'll produce it with personal funds rather than branch bunds. However, I'll license it free to the branch in the name of the Environmental Committee. I'd like to retain the rights to the non-commercial cartoon because of my investment in time, creativity, and intellectual property.
I ask for your understanding.
A shortened transcription of the mayor's remarks [follow]. I can't help but notice similarities between her remakes on the fire department, fires in the city, and Committee newsletters, especially from last month.
See Environmental Committee: Volunteer Fire Departments below.
While calls to [non-comprehensible] have risen, they too have risen to the challenge of protecting Harrisburg citizens. Harrisburg Bureau of Police is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year, 7 days a week. They are always on call, ready to spring into action.
Oftentimes, they respond to fires in the City in under five minutes, which [inaudible] an accomplishment. [Inaudible] ... it's believed to be the fastest in the fire department's history.
Because of that, I am beyond proud to say that not a single life under their watch in the year 2022.
And it's not just lives being saved; it's property as well. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, of property has been saved by our firefighters this year. Furthermore, a lack of volunteer firefighters is putting an even greater dependence on our firefighters.
[Inaudible] ... municipalities outside the city is at an all-time high. And it's not uncommon for Harrisburg firefighters to [inaudible] ... arrive first on the scene. And [inaudible] ... our firefighters are put into [inaudible] ... it's more than just local; it's national.
Eight members of the Harrisburg fire department just returned home from Florida. where they helped search-and-rescue mission in the wake of Hurricane Ian as members of PA Task Force One, an elite group of first responders working under FEMA.
On another note, congratulations to the Harrisburg Fire Department and residents of the City of Harrisburg affected by fires, especially residential ones. In the 2022 State of the City Address, the mayor noted that no fatalities have resulted in any fire up to that point.
Chair | Environmental Committee
The founding Environmental Committee of the Harrisburg NAACP popularizes awareness for fire safety & prevention in the City of Harrisburg. Upon its formal conception in March 2021, the Committee has been developing a free educational product for young learners about non-arson house fires.
Would you like to join the Harrisburg NAACP and help shape the Environmental Committee, or another committee? Contact the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP at hbgnaacp.com, its first website in five years.
Related: Environmental Committee: Volunteer Fire Departments (Sept. 2022)
Related: Environmental Committee: Fire Safety Cartoon, I (May 2022)
Related: Environmental Committee: Fire Safety Cartoon, II (Jun. 2022)
Related: Environmental Committee: Halloween Tradition (Oct. 2021)
Related: Environmental Committee: Proposal (Mar. 2021)