NFPA hires new public education leader to continue and expand global fire and life safety awareness programs

Blog Post created by jdepalo Employee on Jul 25, 2018

NFPA appointed Andrea Vastis as senior director of Public Education, responsible for overseeing NFPA’s well-respected home fire education and wildfire programs.


Vastis joins us from CVS Health, where she oversaw product development and promoted the role of the pharmacist in the healthcare industry. She spent six years as an assistant professor and program coordinator for Community Health Education at Rhode Island College, and orchestrated educational outreach for the Rhode Island Department of Health and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Her ability to oversee strategic, purposeful planning, and management of interdisciplinary teams make her a great fit to lead NFPA’s well-known public education and wildfire mitigation advocacy teams.


“The energy, insight and expertise that Andrea brings to the table is exactly what NFPA is seeking to further our efforts to reach the public with lifesaving information.” NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli said. “The public is more complacent about fire and overloaded with lots of messages in lots of formats, it is critical that we develop innovative strategies and collaborate with others to deliver fire safety messages that resonate with the public and proactively reduce risk.”


Vastis is currently overseeing this year’s Fire Prevention Week, the theme of which is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The campaign works to educate individuals and communities about three basic, but essential, steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of having a fire – and to escape safely in the event of one. Vastis will also direct NFPA’s wildfire efforts including NFPA's Firewise USA® program which teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to prevent losses.


“NFPA is the go-to authority for fire and life safety educational content, tools, and resources. I am excited to work with the public education and wildfire teams and organizations that share NFPA’s mission so that we can collectively save lives and reduce loss,” Vastis said. “My primary goal is to “engage, inform, and activate the public.”