Public Education Conference 2017

September 26 and 27

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

Bridging the Gap

The 23rd annual Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference took place September 26-27, 2017 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. This year’s theme, Bridging the Gap: Fire Safety for All Ages, recognizes the need to keep every member of our community safe from fire at every stage of life. Massachusetts has strong fire education programs for seniors and school-age children, but people between the ages of 18 and 65 also need good fire safety information. Peter Mitchell, a behavior change marketing executive, gave a keynote address on how to inspire people to make sure their smoke alarms are working.

2017 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award

The 2017 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented on September 27 to Chelsea Firefighter Omar Frometa for decade of building citywide relationships to deliver engaging fire and life safety lessons to young and old and those in between. The other nominees recognized for their efforts were: Cohasset Fire Captain Robert Forde, Duxbury Firefighter Harry Mathews, Lincoln Fire Lieutenant Benjamin Juhola, and Townsend Firefighter Jeffrey Cormier. Read the full 2017 Pub Ed Conference press release.

For more photos from the conference go to the DFS Facebook page. No Facebook account needed.