As her year as NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year comes to a close, Tracy Koslowski, public education/information manager and fire marshal for the Drexel Heights Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, reflects on keys to success in public education. Here are highlights from her article on the Education Section page of the NFPA web site.
“Public education program planning should always start with identifying the needs of the community. A risk reduction analysis, whether formal or informal, should guide educators in prioritizing issues.
“Consistent messaging is the key to reaching more people with a greater impact. If the same message is shared by your operations teams, neighboring public educators, and community partners, the message will reach so many more. The public will have a stronger opportunity to absorb these safety messages when they’re repeated in many different places.”
Those who would like to apply for the 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award have less than a month to submit their applications. The deadline is February 21, 2014. The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel to Las Vegas to the NFPA annual Conference & Expo. The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.