Maryland Life Safety Takes Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Seminar

On March 25th, 2017, The Public Life Safety Educator Seminar was held at MFRI Headquarters in College Park. Our morning speakers included Michael Furman discussing his alter ego, Flash Max, a fire safety superhero. Furman, a 16-year firefighter with Fairfax County, has now published a Flash Max book and will dress as Flash Max to teach fire safety around the State. Jim Resnick, Program Manager for Senior Outreach and Education for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, spoke on how to reach senior communities using existing programs. Resnick has conducted more than 1000 home safety checks and lead others to do hundreds more. Resnick also stressed that senior communities are growing each year and will double within the next twenty years. It is important to reach our senior communities and ensure they are including life safety practices during their everyday routine. Before lunch we were joined by Teresa Ann Crisman, the current chair of the MSFA Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee and Past President of the LAMSFA 2011-2012. Crisman spoke of the dangers of hoarding and how it impacts not only civilian life but the safety of our first responders. She explained the mentality behind hoarding and how to best reach out to these individuals. After lunch, we were joined by Steve Cox, Past President of the MSFA 1996-97, and David Keller, Past President of the MSFA 2014-2015. The two both spoke of the importance of residential sprinklers and current state legislature. Steve Cox currently serves as Chair of the MSFA Budget Committee and Legislative Committee. David Keller currently serves as chair of the MSFA Residential Fire Sprinkler Committee. A live side by side burn was conducted, sponsored by the MSFA Residential Fire Sprinkler Committee and, narrated by Bruce Bouch. Mary Marshone, current overseer for the Public Fire Education Curriculum for the USFA’s National Fire Academy, spoke on NFPA 1035 the Public Educator Certification for all those involved with addressing public and life safety in their communities. The day ended with updates from the MSFA Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee.

On behalf of the Maryland Life Safety Information Exchange, we would like to thank all of the speakers for their hard work and dedication, MFRI for the location, the hard work of all those that put time into making this seminar run smoothly every year, and most importantly those who attended for giving us their time.

Join us September 26th for the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and at next year’s Public Life Safety Educator Seminar on March 24th, 2018 held at MFRI Headquarters.

Respectfully,

Maryland Life Safety Intern


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