Welcome to Friends in Prevention!
We are an informal group of past and present colleagues from the fields of Fire and Life Safety Education (FLSE) and Community Risk Reduction (CRR). We hail from cities, small towns, and rural areas. We're men and women with professional backgrounds in the fire service, education, public health, psychology, nursing -- among other fields.
We've traveled together, presented together, and collaborated on many projects. We don't always agree with each other, but our disagreements are not disagreeable. Some of us are retired, some at the height of distinguished careers, and some are relative rookies brimming with new ideas and challenging questions.
It's clear that we tend to be passionate about our work.
And it's also clear that, somewhere along the way, colleagues became friends.
Occaisionally, we gather together as friends to reminisce, to catch up, and to ponder the future of our field. At one of those reunion gatherings (at the Airlie House in Virginia, the site of early federally-sponspored "pub ed" conferences), a group of friends in prevention began to flesh out what we knew about the history of prevention. A smaller group continued the history project.
Eventually, it seemed like the timeline should be more broadly shared. You can find the timeline by clicking here A Timeline of FLSE and CRR. To add context to the timeline, there is also a Worth Noting page.
Main entrance to the Airlie House in Warrenton, VA.
Airlie House conference participants from the 1970s.