Join us for the FREE Spotlight on Public Education (SOPE) virtual event. SOPE is an exciting way to increase your understanding of teaching the public about fire and life safety.
Fire and life safety education are vital to every community and dealing with diverse groups of people in multiple settings with varying circumstances presents significant challenges. SOPE brings public educators, injury prevention professionals, and others responsible for risk reduction together to share knowledge and ideas and strengthen your ability to help protect your community.
This unique professional development opportunity from NFPA features:
Education Sessions – Attend four expert-developed programs covering topics such as older adults and fall prevention, hoarding, community risk reduction (CRR) and community risk assessment (CRA) and integrating technology into fire safety programs.
Resource Center – Discover downloadable assets for helping you perform your job, ranging from CRR and wildfire resources to Fire Prevention Week™ promotions and materials available on Sparky.org and SparkySchoolHouse.org.
Networking Lounge Rooms – Expand your professional connections by visiting these lounge rooms on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Limited space available.
11 a.m.– 11:15 a.m.
Welcome to NFPA Spotlight on Public Education from NFPA President and CEO, Jim Pauley!
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 1 — Hoarding: Enforcement to Engagement (Live moderated by session speakers!)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Session 2 — Community Risk Assessment: The First Chapter in Your CRR Story (Live moderated by session speakers!)
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Session 3 — Taking Your Education Programs Virtually Anywhere! (Live presentation and moderation by session speaker!)
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Session 4 — Falls Prevention: Helping Older Adults Age in Place (Live moderated by session speakers!)
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Hour (Limited seats available)
*All times listed occur in Eastern Time (ET).
Compulsive hoarding behavior among residents increases the risk of serious injury and death to responding fire service personnel. The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to neighboring residents. Often, the fire department is the first to identify this behavior in the home and, working with community partners, can address this complex issue.
This presentation will identity the characteristics of hoarding behavior and examine the hazards that loom during emergency response in hoarding conditions. It will provide assistance in the identification of resources in your community that are needed to develop a task force and allow you to engage with task force professionals who can answer questions that exist around the social, psychological and environmental considerations that play a part of the treatment for a person who hoards.
Adrian has been involved with the Traverse Area Hoarding Task Force in Michigan since 2015 and brings his experience in the cleaning and restoration industry. His primary activity in the task force is to meet with members of the community who are looking for a solution to their own, or a loved one’s, affliction with hoarding.
Chief Jim Tuller
Traverse City Fire Department, Michigan
Chief Jim Tuller was raised on 100 acres of family land in the small community of Mayfield, Michigan and began serving the public by following his father into the volunteer fire service at the age of 18 with Kingsley Station Red 02 in 1980. In 1990, he was hired as a full-time Firefighter by the Traverse City Fire Department. Since that time, Chief Tuller has held positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant/Training Officer, Suppression Shift Captain and Hazmat Team Leader. Chief Tuller was appointed to Chief of Department for Traverse City in 2008.
Chief Tuller continues to serve the community by holding positions on several municipal, civic, and emergency service boards. He is a certified Fire Inspector and Fire Instructor through the State of Michigan and also a Pro-Board certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators.
Chief Tuller has been involved in the Hoarding Task Force within Grand Traverse County for over 6 years, with a focus on increasing the safety and awareness of the first responders who encounter heavy content environments and also the occupants who reside within.
Chief Tuller resides in the Central Neighborhood in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife Cheri.
Senior Director, Public Education
Andrea Vastis is the Senior Director of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with oversight of fire and life safety and wildfire mitigation efforts. She has over 25 years of experience in public health education and programming spanning worksite wellness, government, academia, and health care. Her focus is on improving access to education and health care, eliminating health disparities, and providing culturally competent programming. Prior to joining NFPA in June of 2018, she was Senior Manager of Pharmacy Product Development for Patient Care Programs at CVS Health. She lives with her husband, Ken Carlson, and their two daughters, Lily and Shuwei, in Seekonk, Massachusetts.
North Central Regional Director
Meredith Hawes has over 20 years of experience in education. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, receiving Michigan Teaching Certification for K-8 with a ZA Endorsement. Her work experience ranges from non-profit administration, corporate training, and public education on a local, state, national, and international level. Meredith previously served as a Regional Education Specialist for NFPA, providing technical assistance and support on fire and life safety public education outreach and initiatives to 22 states in the northwest, midwest, and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Previous to that, Meredith served as an Education Advisor for NFPA for five years and began her work in public education with Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department.
As a community builder, Meredith has belonged to many civic organizations and boards. She has coordinated the Traverse Bay Area Hoarding Task Force for over eight years, and she currently serves as President for the Board of Directors of the Festival Foundation, which oversees the National Cherry Festival
Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is an important process used to help communities identify risks and develop
plans to mitigate them, resulting in safer residents and first responders. This session will make the case for
Community Risk Assessment (CRA) as the important starting point for professionals working to implement successful CRR
initiatives. Leaning on NFPA 1300, the NFPA CRR team will explain how local data can be organized into profiles to help
users shape their communities’ stories and how these stories provide the foundation for CRR efforts. Attendees will hear
from participating members of the NFPA CRA pilot as they share their boots-on-the-ground experiences and discuss how the
CRA process helped them develop an accurate narrative of local risks, capabilities, and characteristics, which was then used to
drive effective CRR strategies. Attendees will leave the session equipped with the tools to outline their own CRR stories.
Program Manager, Public Education
Karen Berard-Reed is a Community Risk Reduction Strategist at the National Fire Protection Association. As a member of the CRR team, Karen works to develop innovative tools and resources to assist stakeholders in this space. Her work is vital to CRR programs across the globe. Karen previously held the position of Senior Project Manager in the NFPA Public Education Division, where she managed high-risk outreach activities and created safety education materials for young children, older adults, and underserved communities. Karen directed NFPA’s fire and fall prevention program, Remembering When™, designed to help older adults live safely at home. She worked closely with the NFPA Urban Fire & Life Safety Task Force, managed school outreach activities such as the Learn Not to Burn® program, and led the NFPA Rural Fire & Life Safety initiative. Before coming to NFPA, Karen worked in the prevention and health education field in K-12 public schools, higher education, and community settings.
Chelsea Rubadou, NFPA
Chelsea Rubadou currently works as a Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Strategist at NFPA. Her goal is to better understand the challenges and obstacles communities face when working to reduce risks and to develop a plan so that NFPA can better meet the needs of these stakeholders. Previously she was an engineer on the Technical Services team at NFPA, where her assignments involved supporting various committees and developing solutions to meet stakeholder technical needs. Prior to joining NFPA, Chelsea was a mechanical engineer with Tyco Fire Protection Products. Chelsea earned her master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI.
Windsor Fire Marshal's Office
Lauri Volkert has been working in the Windsor Fire Marshal’s Office in Connecticut for 11 years and has been in the fire service for 19 years. She has a passion for community risk reduction, collaborative problem solving, and public policy. In her role as Fire Inspector, Lauri is involved in code enforcement, fire investigation, emergency management, life and safety education, and policy development, and she runs the office social media accounts. She has developed continuing education classes for the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office, various local professional organizations, and has presented at the NFPA Conference & Expo. She proudly serves as President of the Capitol Region Fire Marshal’s Association. Lauri earned a B.S. in Fire Administration from the University of New Haven and has continued her education by attending classes at the National Fire Academy. She has been a member of NFPA for 8 years and is a member of the Education Section as well as the International Fire Marshal’s Association.
Fire and Life Safety Education
South County Fire
Jennye Cooper is a Fire and Life Safety Educator at South County Fire in Snohomish County, Washington. She has worked with South County Fire for four years and has worked in the fire service for ten years in different roles from administrative support to, more recently, community risk reduction and outreach. Jennye attended Western Washington University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services while focusing her internships on community outreach for the fire department.
Community Risk Educator
LaCrosse Fire Department
Pat has been with the La Crosse Fire Department in Wisconsin for just over a year, managing the department’s CRR efforts. Prior to joining the LCFD, Pat was a paramedic, flight paramedic, and EMS educator in Portland, Oregon.
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Fire Prevention Coordinator
Holly Grove Fire Department
Brene Duggins is the Fire Prevention Coordinator at Holly Grove Fire Department in Lexington, North Carolina. During her 18 years as a volunteer in the fire service, she has shared her passion for technology and education across not only the state of North Carolina but across the East Coast, teaching the public as well as fire service personnel to enhance their own programs through the integration of technology. Most recently she has started Ms. D's Virtual PD, which is a virtual professional development training program that combines live training sessions and on-demand training opportunities for public school personnel and fire service personnel. Brene is Chair of the NC Eastern Region Fire and Life Safety Educators Association and also Secretary of the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educator Association State Council. Her day job is as the Media Coordinator at Oak Grove High School in Davidson County, NC, and she is also a past President of the North Carolina School Library Association.
Fire service, elder care, and public health professionals have a unique opportunity to reduce the growing incidence of injuries and deaths from falls among older adults. Fifty-two million Americans aged 65 and older make up 16 percent of the total US population yet experience a disproportionate number of injuries and deaths from falls. Nearly one in three seniors – that’s 17 million people – suffer a fall each year. Fire and EMS now see more fall victims than fire victims, often being called to the same homes repeatedly for minor falls. This workshop will provide concrete ways fire service and public health professionals are working together to identify and connect older adults with resources to support fall prevention that can easily be replicated in your community.
Senior Director, Public Education
Andrea Vastis is Senior Director of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with oversight of fire and life safety and wildfire mitigation efforts. She has over 25 years of experience in public health education and programming spanning worksite wellness, government, academia, and health care. Her focus is on improving access to education and health care, eliminating health disparities, and providing culturally competent programming. Prior to joining NFPA in June of 2018, she was Senior Manager of Pharmacy Product Development for Patient Care Programs at CVS Health. She lives with her husband, Ken Carlson, and their two daughters, Lily and Shuwei, in Seekonk, Massachusetts.
Community Relations Coordinator
Saskatoon Fire Department
Dori Krahn is in her 12th year as a Community Relations Coordinator with the Saskatoon Fire Department. Her primary responsibilities include the Remembering When program, which provides fire safety and fall prevention education for older adults; fire safety education and tours for businesses, newcomers, and schools; events that the SFD attends or hosts; and representing the department in the community. On a personal level, Dori loves outdoor adventures, yoga, cooking, and knitting. She has been blessed to be married to Lyle for the last 34 years. Together they have two children, two in-laws, and three grandchildren. Dori’s parents are 91 and 92 and are a driving force in helping older adults live safely at home.
Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program at Vidant Medical Center
Dr. LaTangee Dickens works with the Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program at Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina as an Injury Prevention Program Coordinator and has been employed there for the past nine years. Since her employment at Vidant she has created and implemented two newly robust injury prevention programs to reduce injuries among youth and was also nominated and awarded 1st runner up of Vidant Medical Center’s Team Member of the Year Award. She continues to research innovative approaches for evidence-based fall prevention programs. LaTangee is passionate about public health and has Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Public Health with a specialization in Community Health, which she received from Walden University last year.
Inspector, Public Education Coordinator, Fire Instructor 1
Farmington Hills Fire Department
Stan Barnes, a 25-year veteran with a strong public education background, has been actively involved in community education and public speaking with a passion for fire and life safety throughout his career. He has given much attention to community functions and school programs designed to promote life safety for all ages. Working closely with the State Fire Marshal for Michigan, Stan serves as the Education Chairman, promoting educational messaging with the State Community Risk Reduction Task Force, MI-Prevention. During his career, Stan has delivered many programs and presentations for several outreach community programs and organizations.