Have you ever wondered when you should replace your smoke alarm? Or if you are properly wearing a helmet for sports and activities?
John Mehling and Ashley Heckly are the dynamic duo at the Fishers Fire Department (FFD) who have the answers to all your safety questions.
Mehling has been with FFD for over thirty years, starting as a volunteer and later becoming a career firefighter. He has held many different ranks throughout his time with FFD and is committed to enhancing the program to new heights.
Heckly is a recent addition to FFD, having joined the Education Team at the beginning of last summer. She was previously a science teacher for fourteen years, most recently at Hamilton Southeastern High School and decided to join FFD to pursue her professional interests in community risk education.
Together, they head the FFD Community Risk Reduction team which conducts a variety of robust programs for preschool through high school students and adult groups. Lessons range from fire safety in school and at home, aiding elders, safe driving, and even how to stay safe when leaving for college. As summer approaches, the team raises awareness of water safety by presenting programs at local neighborhood pools and year-round educating others on smoke alarm maintenance and replacement. The main takeaway from these lessons is always prevention; as Mehling stated, “Anytime we can provide help, knowledge, and prevention, then everyone wins.”
Safety and risk reduction education programs are crucial to the public, as it prevents damage and harm to residents and responding firefighters. Additionally, safety knowledge deters financial losses and medical emergencies.
He commented on how important it is for the whole community to engage in risk reduction programming, not just students. Mehling noted, “Safety issues come up because people don’t always acknowledge that bad things can happen to them.” Heckly agreed, stating “Taking safety steps seriously is good for the entire community.”
There are many ways to stay safe in home and at work! Heckly and Mehling provided their top five safety tips we all can follow:
- Replace your entire smoke alarm every 10 years as well as your CO detectors. (We can help!)
- Never leave your food cooking without someone being there to watch it.
- Sleep with your door closed. It can give you another 15 minutes of protection.
- Don’t let kids play on/in or near retention ponds.
- Teaching your kids that wearing helmets is a lifelong gift.
If your organization is interested in a discussion about public safety, you can contact the FFD Education team at email@example.com to arrange a presentation.
Remember to stay safe, be aware, and replace your smoke alarms if they are over ten years old!
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: The restaurants that take the extra time to keep aisles open and exits clear.
FAVORITE FISHERS PARK: All our parks for their inclusivity, safety mindedness, and assistance in keeping our bodies healthy!
FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESS: The businesses that partner with us by displaying our safety messages, allowing their employees to participate in CPR training while at work, keep their buildings safe for customers, and support keeping Fishers a safe place to live, shop and visit.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: Knowing Fishers firefighters are ready to handle any emergency that may come along.
Ally Marshall is a college intern for the City of Fishers in Public Relations and Community Engagement. She was born in Indianapolis and moved to Fishers in 2010. She will be graduating from Indiana University with degrees in Anthropology & Theatre, a minor in Arts Management, and will also be an alumni of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. When Ally isn’t at City Hall or studying, she loves to watch movies, listen to music, spend time with her family and her crazy dogs, and try new international restaurants around town (her favorite is Bento Cafe)! She is so excited to be back in Fishers and work alongside such an innovative and vibrant city. You can follow Ally on Instagram or LinkedIn.