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.

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2019 Award Sponsored by:

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2019 Winner

 

Dean Smith

Barnard Fire Department

 

Dean Smith started in the volunteer fire service 30 years ago with the Barnard Fire Department Explorer Post 507 and graduated into the fire department upon turning 18. He was appointed to the Fire Prevention Committee and quickly excelled in this role. As we progressed from “fire prevention” to “fire and life safety education,” Smith continued to build the program and relationships with the Greece Central School District and students.

Smith continued his passion for the fire service and became a full-time firefighter with Ridge Road Fire District. He stayed with Barnard FD as a Life Service Member in order to continue his work with the fire and life safety education program.

In recent years, Smith was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This unfortunate turn of events required him to retire as a career firefighter. However, despite his health issues, he has continued to thrive and excel in his role as Barnard FD’s Fire and Life Safety Educator.

Smith is a master at talking to children in a way they can understand. His voice is always calm and reassuring when talking about a topic that may be frightening to children. He plans activities that are age appropriate, fun and allow for movement instead of just sitting and listening. Smith’s lessons have a huge impact on the students and their lives. He has also been a resource for teachers.

Over his many years in this position, Smith has become a fixture in the community. The children know, love and trust “Fireman Dean”. When he walks down the hallways, he is met with smiles and hellos from the hundreds of students he impacts each year.

ADAPTED FROM NOMINATIONS BY BARNARD FD CHIEF JOHN J. NOLAN, WENDY RANSOM AND EILEEN ANTONIENKO OF LONGRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND MOLLY MEATH AND AMIE ROMANSKY OF ENGLISH VILLAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Past Award Recipients

YearNameFire Deptartment
2005Glenn SicklesScottsville Fire Department
2006Jeffrey S. BurkhartOriskany Independent Fire and Hose Company
2007Donald P. DalrympleValois, Logan & Hector Fire Company, Inc
2008David BowenVischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company
2009Brian NiggliPenfield Fire Company
2010Kenneth Clair Jr.Brewster Fire Department
2011Chief Richard D. TarelloSouth Farmingdale Fire Department
2012William C. “Billy” SchroederLancaster Fire Department
2013Harry ProdromidesLindenhurst Fire Department
2014Aaron CookJohnsonville Volunteer Fire Co.
2015Jennifer CorteseWhitesboro Fire Department
2016William J. WrenNew Hartford Fire Department
2017Danny DunnEnterprise Hose Co. No. 1
2018Robert SuttonCentral Islip Fire Department