It is with a heavy heart that we at NFPA say good-bye to a friend and colleague. Joe Flores, an NFPA Education Section Board director, passed away over the weekend. He was in his third year as a director (pictured above on the far right with the Education Section board at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York last fall).
Joe was a retired Philadelphia Fire Department captain who spent many years in the fire prevention division. He went on to become a safety specialist at the University of Pennsylvania and also taught in the fire science program at a community college. He was president of the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee, a nonprofit with the mission of reducing deaths, injuries, and property and environmental damage caused by fire.
Passionate about fire safety education, Joe was a consultant for NFPA's Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force and an NFPA-certified fire protection specialist. He was a Learn Not to Burn® champion and champion for Risk Watch®, formerly NFPA’s childhood injury prevention program. Joe helped to secure more than $250,000 in grant money to support Risk Watch in Philadelphia.
He was recognized by the Philadelphia Fire Department and the mayor for the development and implementation of a young firesetter program and was awarded the distinguished Chapel of the four Chaplains award for unselfish contributions to the community.
“Joe was thrilled to be elected to the NFPA Ed Section Executive Board,” says Patricia Mieszala, past board chair. “His humble, pleasant, and respectful manner was constant and represented a very dedicated, hardworking professional who was a loyal, loving friend. He dearly loved his family. His contributions to the people of Philly will live on through the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee as well as through those who worked with him at the Philadelphia Fire Department and other agencies and organizations. He will be missed by many, especially by our NFPA Ed Section Board as we plan to meet in Chicago next month.”