!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d40672b85970c-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d40672b85970c-120wi|alt=Ernest Grant_1971-800pxls|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Ernest Grant_1971-800pxls|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d40672b85970c!Ernest Grant, first vice chair of the NFPA Board of Directors, says it is an honor to serve as chair of the board’s Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant   committee. Each year, he and the other committee members screen the applications for the grant, which provides $5,000 to any fire department–career or volunteer–located in the United States or Canada to support its community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign.
“I get to see amazing proposals from people enthusiastic about fire and life safety who recognize the importance of expanding on the work they do in their communities,” Grant says. “It does my heart good to see these individuals carry on the legacy of Mr. Jensen, a proponent of fire and life safety education.”
Rolf H. Jensen, P.E., was also a leading authority on fire protection engineering and participated in NFPA’s consensus standards process throughout his distinguished career. The deadline for applications this year is February 8. Grant encourages prospective applicants who may have doubts about the strength of their proposals to apply anyway.
“Get the experience of going through the application process,” he says. “If you don’t win this year, there’s always next year. It’s a great opportunity.”