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Itasca, IL – Monroe, Ohio, submitted a letter of intent to become an accredited Safe Community through the Safe Communities America program, managed by the National Safety Council. If approved, Monroe would become the 20th community in the U.S. with such a distinction.
"A Safe Community is a community-driven coalition that prioritizes safety by bringing people together to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America. "Our network of Safe Communities can have an impact on injuries and deaths. We are looking forward to supporting Monroe through its application process and beyond."
Accreditation is awarded to communities that show continuous dedication to the safety of all residents through innovative and effective prevention programs. Monroe's efforts to keep its residents safer have included training staff in CPR, basic First-Aid and AED use, placing AEDs in common areas and encouraging residents to use PulsePoint – an app that locates the nearest AED, speeding up treatment time.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), will lead the coalition and collaborate with key local stakeholders such as community and private sector leaders focused on safety.
"We believe this is a unique opportunity for safety services to work directly with our stakeholders toward a common goal," said John Centers, Monroe's Fire Chief. "The Safe Communities accreditation process will also assist us in relationship building, communication and transparency in our operations to the public."
For more information and resources, visit Safe Communities America.
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Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
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