Fire Safety Educator of the Year

FASNY invites departments and organizations across the state to honor their best fire safety advocates with a nomination for Fire Safety Educator of the Year. Each year, the FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee recognizes an educator with dedication to fire prevention and the safety of his or her community.



2018 Award Sponsored by:

Law Offices of Mark C. Butler, PLLC

2017 Winner

Danny Dunn

Enterprise Fire Company No. 1
Phoenix, NY

Dan has been involved in fire prevention and life safety education programs since right after joining a volunteer fire department more than 50 years ago.

Dan started out using early programs put together by the City of Rochester and others before starting his own and improving them as the years went on.

He’s presented to all types of audiences, including scouts, parks and recreation groups, and his own seniors’ program. Dan has taught more than 100,000 children over the past five decades in Phoenix and beyond, including programs at the Oswego County Fair.

For about the first 20 years, money was scarce in department budgets, so most of the program handouts were purchased by himself with the help of donations from groups and businesses.

In the ’60s, Dan did the yearly fire prevention poster contests and supplied his own cash prizes to the children in the various grades. In the early ’90s, he purchased his own Smokey Bear outfit with the aid of a local New York State Forest Ranger and used about $3,500 of his own money.

Dan helped form and became a charter member of NYSAFE. He was one of two representatives sent to Toronto for the Markam Conference and has been given many local awards for his work and dedication by his community and department over the years.

Despite his diagnosis with amyloidosis, Dan has not stopped and still provides classes at the schools and through the county. For his dedication to fire prevention and life safety education for so many years, Danny Dunn is more than deserving of this honor.

Past Award Recipients

2017Danny DunnEnterprise Fire Company No. 1

Year Name Fire Deptartment
2005 Glenn Sickles Scottsville Fire Department
2006 Jeffrey S. Burkhart Oriskany Independent Fire and Hose Company
2007 Donald P. Dalrymple Valois, Logan & Hector Fire Company, Inc
2008 David Bowen Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company
2009 Brian Niggli Penfield Fire Company
2010 Kenneth Clair Jr. Brewster Fire Department
2011 Chief Richard D. Tarello South Farmingdale Fire Department
2012 William C. “Billy” Schroeder Lancaster Fire Department
2013 Harry Prodromides Lindenhurst Fire Department
2014 Aaron Cook Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Co.
2015 Jennifer Cortese Whitesboro Fire Department
2016 William J. Wren New Hartford Fire Department