NFPA announces the 2009 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

Published on June 8, 2009
June 8, 2009Dayna Hilton, a firefighter and fire safety educator with the Johnson County RFD #1 in Clarksville, Ark., has been named the 2009 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Yearby the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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.

Hilton volunteers about 3,000 hours each year to provide fire safety education to the public and has been using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® curriculum and Fire Prevention Week materials for over 6 years. Hilton and “Sparkles” the Dalmatian have delivered NFPA’s fire safety messages to millions of children and adults on PBS Kids Sprout, and Fox and Friends television programs.

In 2003, Hilton began the annual fire safety awareness parade in her community, which grows each year. Thirteen local fire departments and more than 20 state and local organizations also participate. Hilton has also organized a kidfest safety fair and a billboard contest.

NFPA recognizes educators are key to the success of NFPA’s programs and deserve acknowledgment for playing the lead role in making their communities safer. NFPA presented Hilton with a $1,000 honorarium and a Steuben crystal award at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago, Ill. today. The Johnson County RFD #1 will also receive 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.

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