Annually, an educator is selected from his or her state peers as the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year, which is presented at State Fire School. The award deserves prestigious recognition not only because the efforts of individuals in this field work to increase public awareness of safety issues, but also reduce the risks that firefighters put themselves in each time they go a call.
The 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is Andrew Hensley.
Andrew was selected because of his passion for the fire service profession. He has worked tirelessly to impart this love to the students he teaches. He can make kids and adults smile, laugh and learn enthusiastically while hearing invaluable life safety messages.
The honoree managed all of the social media outreach, community risk reduction programs, and much of the training for other fire and EMS professionals in his fire department. In particular, Andrew developed a middle school fire service career camp that taught leadership, problem solving, teamwork, ethics and community service. He has also teamed up with Fire Science students studying to achieve their Firefighter I and II State certifications to teach them to provide public education messages to different age groups in the County.
Because of these accomplishments, we celebrate Andrew as the 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Congrats!