Only one day remains before the deadline to apply for the 2013 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award. Applications must be received by the close of business on Friday, February 22. Applications can be sent by FAX, email, or traditional mail. Dayna Hilton, the 2009 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year, has two words for potential applicants: “Apply today!”
Hilton received a $1,000 honorarium and an award which was presented to her at the general session of the NFPA Conference in Chicago. Her fire department, Johnson County RFD #1 in Clarksville, Arkansas, received a $1,000 award to enhance its fire and life safety efforts.
“The $1,000 was a huge benefit to our department’s fire prevention program and will help sustain projects for several years, which wouldn’t have happened without the funding,” she said.
Hilton said being recognized helped raise awareness of fire safety in general. “The award was mentioned on the floor of Congress, shown on C-Span, mentioned on the floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and even in my hometown.”
She said the award had a larger impact on her and her community than she imagined. “It’s an honor, but more importantly, it can bring awareness to the importance of fire safety and all the hard work that you and your department do to help keep the community safe.”
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