Life Safety Educators – Should They Be Integral to Community Safety?

Five Questions (and YOUR Answers) for anyone interested in Life Safety Education


1)    For readers involved in community’s emergency/disaster planning, do you include individuals providing Life Safety Education in the planning phases? Why, or why not?

2)    Who provides Life Safety Education in your community?

3)    Do you provide details to your Life Safety Educators so that they can provide specific, rather than generic, safety education? For example, specific information on evacuation routes, or shelter in place mandates should a local chemical manufacturer have a haz-mat incident? This also results in standardization of messages/education within a community.

4)    Because of their knowledge of local demographics, and existing rapport within the community, should Life Safety Educators assist Public Information Officers at large scale events? If you do not currently include your educators in emergency planning, would you consider doing so in the future?

5)    Do you foresee logistical hurdles with including Life Safety Educators in the emergency planning process? If so, what concerns do you have?

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What do you think? How does your community address life safety issues today? How SHOULD they respond? Give us some answers (and follow up questions) in the comments below!


About The Author

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Karen A. Facey is a CT Certified Fire Marshal, and works for CT’s largest geographic municipality. Owner of Fire Facts Code Consulting, Karen has her B.S. in Fire Science from the University of New Haven, and M.S. in Administrative Science with concentrations in Emergency Management, and Homeland Security/Terrorism Issues from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fire Facts Code Consulting provides code public education; fire code consulting; design services for new construction and renovations; pre-inspection to prepare for fire and insurance inspections; and risk assessment, disaster planning, recovery and continuity planning for businesses and governments. Fire Facts can be reached at (203) 733-8380 or by email at or Facebook below.

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via