The Michigan Fire Inspector Society Foundation (MFIS Foundation) is enhancing a state-wide campaign to educate the citizens across the State of Michigan on fire safety. Historically, Michigan has ranked one of the top 10 deadliest states for citizens dying in fires. We intend to provide education to the citizens across the state in target areas identified by our data where fatal fires are occurring. Our goal is to seek corporate and fire department sponsorships from across the state to assist in funding a comprehensive risk reduction program that will begin October 1, 2021. The program will consist of the listed projects below.
We ask that you consider helping the MFIS Foundation succeed with our program goals. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible; you will receive a copy of our 501.C.3 paperwork upon receipt of payment. If you choose to help our mission of creating a safer state, we can invoice you in the month of June to begin our project in October of this year. In addition, we will provide you with project locations and pictures.
The goal is to transform a Grand Rapids Metro Bus into a fire prevention billboard with sponsor logos included in the artwork. This bus will travel around the Grand Rapids area on a daily basis. The bus will be viewed by many residents and visitors of Grand Rapids.
The MFIS Foundation is seeking $4,000.00 for corporate sponsorships and $1,000.00 for any fire department sponsorship. The MFIS Foundation intends to allow up to 10 sponsors to assist in this project.
Promote fire education at Speedway Gas Stations located throughout the state. The messaging will play in a 15 second video at 207 gas pumps on a 24-hour basis. Sponsors for this program will have their corporate name or logo displayed during the video with the MFIS Foundation.
The cost of this project is $15,000.00 and will run for a 12-week period. This program will be limited to three (3) corporate sponsors.
The goal of this program is to hand out baseball type cards with fire safety messaging to all riders on the fire safety bus described above. The sponsor of this program will have the opportunity to have their business or agency name displayed on the cards.
The MFIS Foundation is looking for one sponsor to fund this project at a cost of $1,500.00.
This program will provide fire safety placemats at local restaurants in areas that are experiencing a statistically significant number of residential house fires contributing to deaths. The placemats will allow families to work on creating a home escape plan while waiting for their meals to arrive.
The MFIS Foundation is seeking a total of $2,000.00 from two (2) sponsors who will be displayed on the placemats.
The MFIS Foundation has determined geographical areas across the state that are more prone to deadly home fires than other areas. It is our goal to purchase and display fire safety artwork on 15 billboards located across the state. Each billboard will have messaging specific to the needs of the geographical area where they are located.
The cost of this project is $15,000.00 and each billboard will be displayed for 28 days. Sponsorships are $1,000.00 per billboard.
In coordination with the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Fire Services, the MFIS Foundation intends to wrap a fire safety trailer with risk reduction messaging. This trailer will be used to house all items needed for local fire departments to host a smoke alarm blitz (multiple smoke alarm installations in a day) in their community. The trailer will store smoke alarms, fire safety materials, a sound system, and banners needed during community events. This trailer will be available for use by any fire department in need across the state.
The cost of the program will be limited to one (1) sponsor at $4,000.00 to wrap the trailer. The trailer has been paid for and is in the possession of the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society. The MFIS Foundation is looking for sponsors whose names or logo will be displayed on the trailer.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve fire safety in Michigan.
In the past 3 years Michigan has been impacted by fires that take the life of multiple victims at the same time.
Since 2017, nearly 20% of fatal home fires impacted disabled members of the community.
Many community members in our state do not have a sufficient number of working alarms in their homes.
Since 2018, 18% of the fire deaths involved smoking or the improper discarding of smoking materials.