Application deadline is February 21, 2014. Download the application. (PDF, 605 KB)
We are looking for fire and life safety educators who:
The "Educator of the Year" receives:
The local fire department receives:
Tracy Koslowski, public education/information manager and fire marshal for the Drexel Heights Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, has been named the 2013 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
A third generation firefighter, Koslowski began using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program in 1993 when she was a volunteer at the Tucson Fire Department. She continues to teach it. She has been teaching Risk Watch and Remembering When for many years and has expanded Fire Prevention Week into Fire Prevention Month. During the past 10 years she has taken the campaign to all of the schools in the district, visiting more than 40,000 students.
In response to safety concerns in the community, Koslowski implemented a babysitting training course, which teaches kitchen safety, fire safety, CPR, first aid, poison prevention, and other life safety skills. She developed the Fire Fit Cadet Program, which includes basic firefighting skills, fire and life safety training, physical fitness, and nutrition classes. Drawing guidance from NFPA’s Remembering When program, Koslowski created the Senior Citizen Fire Academy. Also, she created the Public Education Volunteer Team to keep the district’s public education programs operating in the face of budget constraints.