on Conference and 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year
Information about the conference, the 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner and nominees.
Conference Program file size 6MB
Here you'll find a registration form, description of workshops and information on the general session and keynote speakers.
- Past Conferences
Find out more about past conferences from themes to keynote speakers.
- DFS Facebook Page
Check out the DFS Facebook page to see pictures from last year's conference.
The Department of Fire Services hosted the 18th annual Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference on September 27-28, 2012. Classroom teachers, nurses, firefighters, school resource officers and injury prevention experts gathered at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center for two days of training and skill development in 30 workshops and four general sessions presented by 52 speakers.
Keynote Speaker & General Session Speakers
Princella Lee Bridges, a burn survivor who is one of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA), National Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s Faces of Fire, spoke on how residential sprinklers would have changed her life. She has channeled her personal struggles and losses into Bridges from Augusta Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded to help individuals and families who have suffered burn injuries and trauma as they transition back into the community. She is a powerful advocate for home fire sprinklers.
2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
The 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented on September 28 to Topsfield Fire Captain Jenifer Collins-Brown. She received the award for her dedication to a wide range of fire and injury prevention programs in her community, her leadership and mentoring of firefighters in her own department and all across Essex County. The other outstanding nominees were: Boston Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Fleming; Brockton Fire Lt. Robert Hendrigan; Springfield Fire Capt. Michael Richard; and Westport Fire Lt. Brian Beaulieau.
Fall River Fire Insp. Michael Arruda Received Life Achievement in Public Education
Fall River Inspector Michael Arruda, received a Lifetime Achievement in Public Education Award on his very last day of work. Inspector Arruda has spent a career creating a comprehensive fire and life safety education program in his community in addition to his full-time responsibilities as fire inspector for the large city of Fall River.
For pictures from this year’s conference, check out the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Facebook page.