Samantha Hoffmann, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie, Ontario, received the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award this afternoon. The award was presented during the general session of the NFPA Conference & Expo. Hoffmann, pictured to the left, is flanked by NFPA Board of Director's First Vice Chair Ernest Grant (left) and Chairman Philip Stittleburg. Hoffmann's achievements were highlighted during a video presentation.
She has been using NFPA educational materials since 1989. She began her fire safety career as the Fire Marshal and Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, introducing the Learn Not to Burn program to the young patients.
More recently, after joining Barrie Fire and Emergency Service she took Learn Not to Burn to new heights through a partnership she developed with the TVO Kids television program, seen by thousands of children every day. Hoffmann is a frequent guest and helps create programming. She launched the "Push the Button" campaign to encourage children and their parents to test their smoke alarms and has helped develop videos and online safety games.
Hoffmann will be the speaker at the Education Section Business meeting, being held during the conference on Tuesday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m.