The Education Section was authorized by the NFPA Board of Directors on May 17, 1981, and it held its first official meeting on May 19, 1981 at the NFPA Annual Meeting.
Membership in the Education Section is open to any NFPA member who holds responsibility for education in an organization or community or who shares a sincere interest in fire safety education. This membership may include, but is not limited to, persons in the fire service, business, industry, school systems and institutions, insurance companies, burn treatment centers, the public information service, and manufacturers or producers of equipment or training aids that have a direct impact on the purpose of the Education Section. The objectives of the section as set forth in its constitution are as follows:
- Unite for professional benefit those members of NFPA who share a sincere interest in fire and life safety education as a means of protecting life and property.
- Facilitate the reduction of fire and burn deaths and injuries through information dissemination, education, and communication.
- Facilitate the reduction of fire losses to property through information dissemination, education, and communication.
- Provide an atmosphere for information and resource exchange among individuals and among organizations involved in fire and life safety education as a means of protecting life and property.
- Affect the consensus standards process of NFPA to ensure that education requirements and recommendations are reflected in codes and standards.
- Promote cooperation among private enterprise, nonprofit organizations, associations, and government agencies with an interest in fire and life safety education at the national, state, and local levels.
- Disseminate state-of-the-art materials concerning fire and life safety education to the membership through a newsletter and/or other means.
- Provide for the education community, at each location where the section may meet, exposure to fire and life safety resources and programs.