For fire departments facing budget cuts, community volunteers can play a key role in keeping programs running, said Tracy Koslowski, NFPA’s 2013 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the
Koslowski made remarks during the annual business meeting of the Education Section of NFPA, held in Chicago on June 11, the day after she accepted the Educator of the Year Award at a ceremony during the general session of the NFPA Conference & Expo.
The public education/information manager and fire marshal for Drexel Heights Fire District
in Tucson, Arizona, said she responded to the news of budget cuts in her
department by creating a public education volunteer team. Koslowski trains the
volunteers on NFPA 1035 and general fire and life safety education. They teach
Learn Not to Burn, Risk Watch®, and Remembering When™: A
Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.
“Public education volunteers have been critical because of our budget cuts,” Koslowski said. “They are keeping our programs alive.”