Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant

Funded by The RJA Group, Inc.

The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign.

2016 application coming soon.

The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides a $5,000 grant to one local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Funded by the RJA Group, the grant is open to any fire department (career or volunteer) located in the United States or Canada.

Recipients must meet the following:

  • Demonstration of a plan to implement a community-wide fire and life safety program/campaign.
  • Clearly stated goals and objectives.
  • Staffing assigned to implement the program/campaign.
  • A 1-page final report, including an overview of the project, number of people reached, media coverage, life saves, etc., must be received at NFPA by the end of the year.


  • $5,000 to support the implementation and evaluation of the fire and life safety education program/campaign.
  • Commemorative plaque.
  • Recipient’s name inscribed on the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant winners’ plaque displayed at NFPA headquarters.

Rolf H. Jensen, P.E.
Rolf H. Jensen, P.E.

Rolf H. Jensen, P.E., was a leading authority on fire protection engineering and participated and supported the NFPA consensus standards process throughout his distinguished career. A former teacher, Mr. Jensen was a staunch proponent of fire and life safety education. On the 25th anniversary of the RJA Group, Inc., the founder and Chairman of the Board was honored by his colleagues by establishing an NFPA award in Rolf Jensen's name.

Mr. Jensen dedicated his life to advancing the art and science of fire protection. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He began his career as an engineer and researcher at Underwriters Laboratories. Mr. Jensen had an extensive association with NFPA, having served on the board of directors, Standards Council, and on more than a dozen technical committees. In 1988, NFPA's Standards Council awarded Mr. Jensen the Standards Medal; the highest award bestowed by the Council for contributions in the development of NFPA's codes and standards. He died in 2002, leaving a legacy in the fire protection field.

2014 recipient
Chambersburg FireThe Chambersburg Fire Department, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The $5,000 Grant will support the department’s campaign, "The Smoke Alarm is Sounding: Know What to Do." During a smoke alarm installation program in 2013, the fire department conducted a survey that showed that most families didn’t have a home escape plan.

As part of the campaign, the department will present a lesson on escape planning to children, their parents, and older adults. The lesson will conclude with a fire drill designed to allow participants to practice what they learned in a controlled environment. The final step will be the installation of smoke alarms for any participant who doesn’t have adequate coverage.

The program will be evaluated through surveys, comparisons of fire response data during a five-year span, and information on individuals reached and the number of smoke alarms installed.

2013 - Springfield, MA, Springfield Fire Department

2012 - Brockton, MA, Brockton Fire Department

2011 - College Station, TX, College Station Fire Department

2010 - Grand Traverse, MI, Metro Fire Department

2009 - Montgomery County, MD, Fire and Rescue Service

2008 - Sacramento, CA, Metropolitan Fire District

2007 - North Charleston, SC, Fire Department

2006 - Tuscaloosa, AL, Fire & Rescue Service

2005 - Rochester, NY, Fire Department

2004 - Suffolk, VA, Department of Fire & Rescue

2003 - Lacey Fire District Three and the Lacey Sunsetters Kiwanis Club of Lacey, WA

2002 - Snohomish County (WA) Fire District #8 and the privately-operated Sunnyside Preschool in Lake Stevens, WA

2001 - Glenwood, IL, Fire Department and Rhodia Chemical Heights Plant

1999 - Redlands Fire Department and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, CA

1998 - Winnipeg Fire Department and Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg

1997 - Rochester, NY, Fire Department, National Fire Service Support Systems, Inc., and BIC Corporation

1996 - Oregon Fire Education Association, and National Association of Insurance Women, Oregon Chapter

1995 - Saint Paul Fire Department and American Red Cross, St. Paul Area Chapter

1994 - Canadian Tire Child Prevention Foundation and Fire Prevention Canada.

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