What happens when a community’s population grows, but budgeting for fire department public education programs remains the same so that staff no longer has time to make presentations in the schools because of additional responsibilities, causing public education programs to suffer?
The Layton City Fire Department in Layton City, Utah, faced these challenges but through innovation and community partnerships was able to revive its public education program. You can read the full story of the fire department’s strategy for success on the Education Section page of the NFPA web site. The section board and members periodically update the web page.
Other stories recently posted include a profile of a member who has celebrated more than 40 years with the fire service, results of a survey in which public educators were asked about the types of resources they would like the section and NFPA’s Public Education Division to provide them, and a column written by 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Marsha Giesler on how to introduce fire and life safety messages to schools and keep them there.