NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year talks about the benefits of applying for the award

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Aug 2, 2017

Group photo with Dolly Hulin at the center holding the award, The Sparky statue

The application for the 2018 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is now available. The deadline is February 9, 2018.

NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who

  • Work for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office.
  • Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way.
  • Demonstrate excellence and innovation, reaching out to the community with NFPA materials.

The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel and registration to NFPA Conference in Las Vegas in June 2018 for an award presentation.

The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.

For Dolly Hulin, (pictured in red) Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief of the Thomasville Fire Department in Thomasville, North Carolina, being chosen the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year was both exciting and humbling.

“It was an honor to attend the NFPA Conference and experience the workshops and networking opportunities with other fire and life safety educators. I have gained knowledge and ideas that I’ve brought back to my community to build on.”

Chief Hulin is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week.

“This award is a reflection of a lot of people who contributed to providing resources and time educating us about NFPA’s outreach and advocacy programs and devoted themselves to providing fire and life safety programs and information to our community members that is accurate and consistent.”

Applicants for Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year can be nominated or self-nominated.