The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Marsha Giesler, public education officer of the Downers Grove (IL) Fire Department, as the 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award recognizes a fire and life safety educator who works for a local fire department, uses NFPA’s materials in consistent and creative ways, demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community, and views NFPA as the source for safety information.
Giesler serves as the Downers Grove Fire Department public information officer, juvenile fire interventionist, and assistant to the chief. She visits 17 public and private elementary schools each month and routinely conducts evacuation drills in her community where she has earned the reputation as a tireless advocate for fire safety education. She also recently wrote Fire and Life Safety Educator, a 400-page reference book published by Delmar Cengage Learning.
Giesler has implemented fire safety education programs using NFPA materials for more than 20 years and has made Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program®, Risk Watch, and Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults the cornerstone of her educational outreach. NFPA recognizes that educators like Giesler are instrumental in the distribution of NFPA materials and messages, and in keeping their communities safe.