NFPA announces 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner

Dolly HulinMarch 7, 2017 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Dolly Hulin, Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief for the Thomasville Fire Department in North Carolina as the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Hulin will be recognized at NFPA’s 121st Conference & Expo, the premier event in fire and life safety, this June in Boston. 

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Each year, NFPA bestows the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award on an educator who works for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office in the U.S. or Canada; and uses NFPA's materials in consistent and creative ways. The recipient demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community, and views NFPA as the leading source for fire safety information.

Hulin has been exclusively using NFPA programs and materials since 2005. She calls NFPA the “one-stop-shop” for all of her fire department’s education and prevention efforts. She is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education and her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week. The event is attended by more than 20 area agencies and hundreds of residents. Hulin formed a partnership with a local supermarket, too, to provide NFPA cooking safety tip sheets in each grocery bag containing a Thanksgiving turkey.  She also helps nearby communities launch their own fire safety programs, and teaches hunter safety classes, where she makes sure to provide fire safety information to enthusiasts. At every turn, Hulin ensures that all participants know the importance of having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their cabins and campers.

Hulin goes above and beyond in her fire prevention efforts, often making time to stop by homes in her community to install smoke alarms. For her community outreach and education efforts, Hulin received North Carolina’s prestigious BT Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award.

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