Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the 2015 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Yearcan describe the months since she was chosen for the award in one word–surreal.
“The 400 members within our department now know all of our hard work and efforts,” she said. “The support of this division from the very top down has been amazing. I am often stopped by my peers, told congratulations, and they inquire as to what they can do to help our efforts.”
Lt. Pickett is known for her commitment to bringing fire and life safety messages to as many people as possible.
The city of Worcester gave her a key to the city and produced a congratulatory video, which served as a sendoff for her trip to Chicago in June to the NFPA Conference to receive the award. The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium, travel to NFPA Conference for the award presentation, and conference registration. The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.
“With the award money I was able to purchase two awesome table drapes with our logo embroidered. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude,” she said.
She encourages fire and life safety educators to consider applying for the award. Applicants can be nominated or self-nominated. The deadline for applications is February 12, 2016.