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Injury Prevention Program

The WMA Fire & Rescue Department's Injury Prevention Program is a grant funded five year cooperative agreement between us and the Indian Health Service. The program's goal is to develop and establish the White Mountain Apache Injury Prevention Program, which serves to reduce the rate of injury and mortality on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

We have a number of programs available in our effort to reduce injury and mortality. Please take a look at some of the services, training and programs we provide.

Elderly Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of hospitalization on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation for the elderly. Unfortunately, addressing this issue is difficult. For the elderly, reducing "risk" requires education and a change and/or modification of daily habits, as well as updates with their medical physician. With help from community members, safety of our elders is attainable. Be involved. Join the Elder Fall Prevention Task Force.

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Ride Safe Program

Our department is proactive in both fire and injury prevention. We have been fortunate in finding additional resources to obtain car seats for distribution free of charge to the public. Child passenger technicians are available for questions or educational training. Appointments are required.

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Teen Seat Belt Safety

The goal of the Teen Seat Belt Safety project is to increase seatbelt usage among teen drivers by 10%. The idea is to:

  • Establish enhanced law enforcement campaigns by conducting check points before, during and after school sponsored event,
  • Develop and continue community wide media campaign targeting seatbelt use,and
  • Coordinate a mock motor vehicle crash demonstration during prom and graduation month.

Seatbelt observational survey's will be conducted during the nine month period. The project will target the Alchesay High School's campus, students and parents.

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Fire Prevention/CPR & First Aid/Sleep Safe

We are also very proactive when it comes to fire prevention and life safety. Led by our Injury Prevention Specialist and committment from the department, many presentations are made throughout the year with emphasis on targeting children from headstart to 4th grade. During the month of October, we are more active then ever as we commemorate Fire Prevention Week.

From October to November 2007, the WMA Fire & Rescue Department and Injury Prevention Specialist have met with 1,519 students reservation wide. In addition to the installation of 157 smoke detectors acquired from the Sleep Safe Grant.

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Tribal Traffic Safety Coalition

It is the mission of the Tribal Traffic Safety Coalition (TTSC) to reduce motor vehicle crashes on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The TTSC meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:30 pm at the Fire Station in Whiteriver. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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