The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) recently announce winners of its national fire service achievement awards, including Fire Prevention and Education, which went to FASNY member William Wren.
Firefighter Wren, a 28-year member of the New Hartford Fire Department, is well known for bringing fire safety messages to his community and adapting to the needs of various populations. After several years of targeting elementary school students, the New Hartford FD Fire Prevention Program Committee realized that their educational programming should extend to junior high school and senior high school students.
Wren developed several programs for the older students, covering topics such as fire extinguisher use, recognizing byproducts of fire, and escaping from dangerous fire situations. He also developed a program specifically for high school seniors to address the unique aspects of fire prevention and dorm safety at college.
In addition to reaching older students, Wren adapted programming to reach other groups within the community such as day cares, preschools, Boy and Girl Scouts, and senior living facilities. The fire prevention programs have reached over 2,500 students and 300 adults, not including those reached during special community-wide activities during Fire Prevention Month.
For his service in his community and county, Wren was designated the 2016 Fire Safety Educator of the Year by FASNY, and he received the William G. Martin Iron Man of the Year award in 2011, one of the highest honors presented by his department.
NVFC Fire Service Achievement Award winners will be recognized at a banquet during the NVFC’s spring board meeting on April 7 in Alexandria, Virginia. As part of their award, recipients receive a trip to Alexandria to attend the award ceremony, complimentary registration for the NVFC spring meeting, and a personalized award.