Farewell to three leaders in fire safety education

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Feb 6, 2020

The NFPA Public Education Division would like to express best wishes for a happy retirement to three leaders in the fire and life safety community who have significantly impacted lives and contributed their time and passion to the work of NFPA.

Marsha Giesler—Downers Grove (IL) Fire Department Public Education Officer Giesler has been a tireless advocate for fire safety education. She is known for her creativity in developing best practices and an ability to mentor and inspire others. She is the author of Fire and Life Safety Educator, published by Delmar Cengage Learning, which has been called a comprehensive and reader-friendly guide. In 2012 Giesler was chosen the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. She implemented fire safety education programs using NFPA materials for more than 25 years.

Sandy Facinoli—Chief of Prevention and Information/National Fire Programs, U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA/DHS, Facinoli headed a branch that is responsible for leading the Fire is Everyone’s Fight national initiative involving partners from across the United States. Her team managed the USFA website and social media program, the National Emergency Training Center Library, the Publications and Media Production Centers, and the national network of fire marshals PARADE. Under Facinoli, USFA has worked closely with NFPA for years, co-branding social media messaging, and participating on NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee.

Dana Catts—For Seattle Fire Department Public Education Program Specialist Dana Catts, her passion for community outreach, youth engagement and education, and vulnerable or at-risk youth spans more than 30 years. Youth firesetting intervention, Seattle school fire safety programs, 4-H Youth Challenge course facilitation, youth forest restoration and education projects with Seattle Parks & Green Seattle Partnership, and camp direction for Earthkeepers Day Camp at Carkeek Park are several recent examples of her commitment towards youth in Seattle. With a belief in strong community partners, Dana strove to connect with others in helping provide important services and education to all members of the community. She served on the NFPA Urban Advisory Group.