Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

There’s still time (but not much) to nominate someone for the 2021 NFPA Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year award

In an effort to recognize educators who take the lead in making their communities safer, NFPA has a call for nominations for the 2021 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year awardSince 2000, the Public Education Division has annually selected a recipient for this prestigious award, highlighting the great work being done in the field of fire and life safety education.   Nominations are blind reviewed and deliberated to select each year’s recipient. This award is given yearly to a North American fire & life safety (FLS) educator who meets the following criteria:    

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

Last year’s recipient, Maria Bostian of the Kannapolis, NC Fire Department, for example, has over 20 years of experience delivering fire and life safety to her community through presentations to varied audiences, a robust Fire Prevention Week campaign, and an ongoing social media initiative. NFPA materials and resources serve as the backdrop to all she does, relying on NFPA’s Educational Messaging Advisory Council’s Desk Reference for accurate and appropriate messaging.  Bostian focuses on education across the lifespan, incorporating movement and hands-on activities into NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® lessons to connect with and motivate students, and regularly engaging with older adults in her community with the Remembering When® Program. For this effort, she includes home-bound elders with special “Birthday Boxes” that are filled with personal items, including NFPA’s safety tip sheets, and smoke alarms installation as needed.

The FLS Educator of the Year receives:

  • A $1,000 honorarium which recipients can accept or forward to the charity of their choice,
  • A Sparky the Fire Dog  Educator of the Year statue,
  • Paid registration to attend the NFPA 125th Anniversary Conference Series virtual events, and
  • Their local fire department or the fire marshal’s office receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities. 

Fill out a nomination form to recognize your peers in promoting excellence in Fire & Life Safety education. The deadline is April 28, and the recipient will be notified by mid-May. Check out the list of past recipients as examples of the kinds of great work that deserves this recognition.

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Andrea Vastis
Senior Director, Public Education, public health promotion & education professional passionate about eliminating disparities in access, education and resources.

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