Scholarship Details

NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

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Fire Safety Program


The Shannon Advocacy Medal was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fire loss problem through advocacy. The honor was named after former NFPA president James M. Shannon, who concluded his 12-year tenure in June 2014 with an exceptional record of advocacy to reduce fire loss.

Under Shannon's leadership, NFPA considerably advanced its mission of fire safety, better protecting the general public and members of the fire service.

Shannon spearheaded the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, which quickly led to every state passing legislation requiring that cigarettes meet a specific fire safety standard. In collaboration with the fire service and others, this initiative will save hundreds of lives including the lives of firefighters who are at risk every time they respond to a cigarette related fire.

Following the success of the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, Shannon intensified NFPA’s work to advocate for mandating home fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes, another critical safeguard to enhance public safety and better protect our nation’s fire service.


The Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year award is available to educators in the US & Canada who:

Work for a local/municipal fire department or fire marshal’s office.
Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way for their community/audience.
Demonstrate excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community with NFPA materials.

Terms of Award:

$1,000 honorarium which recipients can accept or forward to the charity of their choice.
Sparky FLS Educator of the year statue
Paid registration to attend the NFPA 125th Anniversary Conference Series virtual events.
The local fire department or the fire marshal’s office receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.

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