Samantha Hoffmann, public and life safety officer and PIO for the Barrie Fire & Emergency Service in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, received the 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award today at NFPA’s 2014 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
NFPA’s 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.
Hoffmann has used NFPA materials since 1989, implementing the Learn Not to Burn program for use among younger hospital patients, as well as successfully introducing the program in every school in North York after joining the North York Fire Department in Toronto in 1996. Hoffmann also reaches out to older audiences with the Remembering When™ program.
NFPA recognizes that educators like Hoffmann are instrumental in the distribution of NFPA materials and messages, and in keeping their communities safe. Along with the award, she has also earned a $1,000 honorarium and free travel to Las Vegas. The Barrie Fire and Emergency Service will also receive a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.
Read the full news release for more details about Sarah Hoffmann's accomplishments using NFPA's programs.