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NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award

In an effort to recognize educators who take the lead role in making their communities safer, NFPA presents the 2020 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award.


We are looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States or Canada who:

  • Work for a local/municipal fire department or fire marshal’s office.
  • Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way for their community/audience.
  • Demonstrate excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community with NFPA materials. 

The Educator of the Year receives:

  • $1,000 honorarium which recipients can accept or forward to the charity of their choice, and be provided with travel (hotel and airfare) to the NFPA Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florisa the week of June 15 for an award presentation. 
  • Paid registration to attend the NFPA Conference and Expo.
  • The local fire department or the fire marshal’s office receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities. 

Questions? Contact Meredith Hawes, Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award. 

Submit your nomination

Please download the nomination form (PDF), and email it no later than Friday, March 6. You can also send it viamail to NFPA Public Education Division, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169. Attn: Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award.

2019 recipient

Barry BrickeyCity of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey has been chosen the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Brickey has been using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program in the city’s elementary schools since 2006. He has also used NFPAs Remembering When™ program since 2010.

In 2006 he developed a billboard campaign themed with Fire Prevention Week slogans and home fire sprinkler messaging. The Kingsport Fire Department partnered with the state fire marshal’s office for a smoke alarm billboard in October 2018.

In 2011 Brickey won a contest to become the voice of Sparky the Fire Dog for NFPAs “Sparky and the Runaway Robot” and to celebrate Sparky’s birthday. For Fire Prevention Week that year, Brickey participated in a national radio media tour as the voice of Sparky.

He worked with the Holsten Valley Trauma Center Injury Prevention, the Kingsport Police and Contact 211 of Northeast Tennessee, to help reduce call numbers at a high-volume apartment complex.

He is the recipient of the 2006 Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Educator of the Year and the 2018 Tennessee Public Fire Educators Association Bruce Womack Fire Educator of the Year award.


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