Marsha Giesler, public education officer, Downers Grove Fire Department, Downers Grove, Illinois, has been named the 2012 Fire and LIfe Safety Educator of the Year. Marsha has implemented fire safety education programs using NFPA materials for more than 20 years and has made Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program®, Risk Watch®, and Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults the cornerstone of her educational outreach.
Marsha visits 17 public and private elementary schools each month. She is also seen in her community routinely conducting evacuation drills. She is her department’s public information officer, assistant to the chief, and juvenile fire interventionist. A tireless advocate for fire safety education, she is known to work long hours. She recently wrote the more than 400 page Fire and Life Safety Educator, published by Delmar Cengage Learning. The reference book has been called a comprehensive and reader-friendly guide.
As educator of the year Marsha receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel to the award presentation at the NFPA conference in Las Vegas. Her fire Department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.