The Department of Fire Services hosted the 17th annual Public Fire and Life Safety Education Conference on September 21-22, 2011. 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 41 speakers.
Keynote Speaker & General Session Speakers
Gina Russo, one of the survivors of the Station Night Club Fire, was the keynote speaker. Her inspiring address gave insight into the horror of fire, the lives it can take, and the time and effort it takes to live life as a burn survivor. Dr. Angela Mickalide, director of research and programs for SAFE Kids Worldwide, presented a fascinating general session on how injury prevention partnerships can be used to create safer communities.
2011 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
The 2011 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award was presented to Lt. Annmarie Pickett. She received the award for her dedication to the Worcester Fire Department Public Education and Community Risk Reduction program. Through Lt. Pickett’s leadership and commitment to public fire education, partnerships have been built between the public schools, the fire department and the community.
The other outstanding nominees were: Whately Firefighter Jason Dorval, West Brookfield Fire Chief Paul Lupacchino, Topsfield Captain Jenifer Collins-Brown, Springfield Firefighter Holly Clement, Rehoboth Firefighter Randy Larrivee, and Rutland Firefighter-Paramedic Brad Bemis.