To: All Heads of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: August 1, 2005
Re: Papa Gino's Supported Open Houses for Fire Prevention Month

12 th Year of Papa Gino's Open Houses
This is the 12 th year that Papa Gino's Restaurants has supported open houses at fire stations in the 170 communities they serve in New England. Fire departments that do not have a Papa Gino's in town, but are within 5 miles of one, may contact Papa Gino's corporate at 508-435-2020 to see if arrangements can be made. They won't require a restaurant to support more than one open house but some will if they are on different days.

One Slice of Pizza Goes a Long Way
The program is designed to educate families on home fire safety. The program will be implemented in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine and supported by restaurant communications and media relations. For further information please contact Maryann Sabella Dempsey at (508) 435-2020. It's amazing how a slice of pizza can help give us an opportunity to inform the public about how the fire service protects the community and to educate the public on what they can do to enhance their own fire and life safety.

Important to Return Your Contract in August -
Not Enough to Coordinate with Local Mgr.

Fire departments will be receiving information in August from Papa Gino's corporate that will include a contract . It is important to return the contract promptly, because it will be the trigger for publicity for the open house, and for sending educational, promotional and other support materials. It is not enough to simply have a nice conversation with the local store manager. If the contract is not returned, there is no guarantee that the pizzas will be ready.

In addition to providing free pizza and paper products, Papa Gino's provides, free children's coloring sheets, Papa Gino's coupons, fire hats, a banner or replacement date stickers for banners, and media relations campaign to create publicity for the overall program and the open houses.

DFS Support
The Department of Fire Services will be posting a list of the open houses on our website and hope to link again to the Mass.Gov website. I will be doing a series of radio interviews again to promote awareness of fire prevention week and the many activities of local fire departments including the Papa Gino's supported open houses.