SFD goes door-to-door in West Central to talk health education

SFD goes door-to-door in West Central to talk health education

Members of the Spokane Fire Department went door-to-door in west central Spokane Thursday, to talk health safety tips, and promote a Health Education fair in the neighborhood on Saturday.

Last year, the city of Spokane launched a pilot program last year called Spokane Matters. The goal: to look at each city council district and assess their individual needs, then utilize and integrate city services to serve those needs.

“What we tried to do is get into the three city council districts and get feedback from those neighborhoods and see what are the issues they would like some more involvement from city staff, what can we do to support on the neighborhood level,” said Jamie McIntyre, Community Risk Reduction manager with the SFD.

McIntyre said city councilwoman Karen Stratton reached out to discuss an issue in District 3- the area, largely west central Spokane, had a high concentration of 911 calls.

“What we wanted to do is provide some education for resources that are available in their area and also have some one on one engagement with those community members,” McIntyre said.

On Saturday, over 25 agencies will meet at the West Central Community center for a health education fair. The SFD’s door-to-door canvassing on Wednesday served two purposes- to offer information about emergency situations that merit a 911 call, like a heart attack or a stroke, and to assess, one-on-one, what health concerns neighbors have.

“We’ve heard some people talking about sustaining injuries to their leg, and having to be without services for a couple months, also heard a gentleman share a story about his dad who died from a heart attack a couple years ago so he really appreciated the warning signs,” McIntyre said. “So, if people are identifying these issues they have concerns with, we can connect them with those people at the resource fair on Saturday,” she said.

The health fair will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 21. The West Central Community Center is located at 1603 N Belt. A flyer for the event says a raffle winner could score the chance to have lunch with a city council member, or with the local fire station.