June 7, 2010 –
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Beverly Thompson
, public education specialist with DeKalb County Fire Rescue, Tucker, Ga., as the 2010 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award recognizes a fire and life safety educator, who works for a local fire department, uses NFPA's materials in consistent and creative ways, demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community, and views NFPA as the source for safety information.
In 2003, Thompson brought NFPA’s Risk Watch® Program to over 50,000 children, instituting it in all 84 elementary schools and two of the middle schools in DeKalb County. As a result of the implementation of Risk Watch, several students and teachers have reported life-saving events.
Each year for Fire Prevention Week, Thompson holds a Fire Prevention Festival at a local mall, inviting all public safety personnel and representatives from hospitals and other organizations to educate the community on life safety skills. She also participates in NFPA’s Remembering When™ and hosts the community’s annual Ghost Out program, which teaches 10th-12th grade students the dangers of drinking, being under the influence of drugs, and texting while driving.
NFPA recognizes that educators are the key to the success of NFPA’s programs and deserve acknowledgement for playing the lead role in making their communities safer. NFPA presented Thompson with a $1,000 honorarium and a Steuben crystal award at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. today. The DeKalb County Fire Rescue also receives a $1,000 award to enhance its fire and life safety efforts.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275