Dolly Hulin (right), fire and life safety education division chief for the Thomasville Fire Department and the 2017 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is known for her exceptional commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Denise Hynes, public educator for Toronto Fire Services, and the 2018 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is described as a tireless educator who has an unbelievable passion and enthusiasm for her job.
The two fire safety dynamos came together at NFPA Conference & Expo last week to present the education session: Lessons from the 2017 and 2018 NFPA Educator of the Year. Before a packed room the two shared their methods of reaching community members with little or no budget and tackling common challenges that educators face. The workshop highlighted programs focusing on working with immigrants, older adults, parents and children and community agencies in partnership as well as grant writing.
The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to a public educator from the U.S. or Canada who takes a lead role in making the community safer.