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West County FPD, Cardinal Glennon announce joint effort

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and the West County EMS and Fire Protection District’s Safety House and Safety House Foundation have announced they will work together to provide classroom and hands-on education for children and their parents.

Expansion of Safety House’s current focus on injury prevention and protecting families in residential fires will include car seat safety, poison control and pediatric first aid. Pedestrian safety, bike safety, seasonal injury education and home and environmental safety tips also will be emphasized.

“We want to make safety and injury prevention education fun,” said Paula Szwargulski, director of emergency and trauma services at Cardinal Glennon. “Safety House is the perfect venue for that.”

Located behind West County’s Station 2 at 13790 Manchester Road, Safety House is part of the Safety House Foundation, LLC, a non-profit Missouri corporation formed after the facility was built in 2008.

“Our programming and facilities are what the residents of our district and people throughout the St. Louis area have said they need and value most,” said Harry Hamm, West County’s development specialist. “With the presence of SSM Cardinal Glennon on our physical site, we will have such a greater impact on benefiting our residents.”

Cardinal Glennon and Safety House will celebrate their collaboration at a yet-to-be-scheduled grand reopening this spring.

Under terms of the three-year agreement, Safety House Foundation will receive $30,000 yearly from Cardinal Glennon for use of the facilities, office space and utilities at Station 2.

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