2020 Public Education Symposium 7

The 2020 Symposium is going VIRTUAL

November 4, 2020 - 9:00 to11:30am

To Register: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -  Include full name, department and email address.

Registration closes November 1st 2020


A ZOOM link will be sent to all registered participants 48 ours before the seminar.  If you have not previously used Zoom, you may need to download an APP to your phone or computer and register a user name and password.  Please complete this process in advance to ensure a prompt start.

Laura King – is the NFPA’s public-education representative for Canada. Laura was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines before moving to NFPA in September 2017. Laura has worked with fire departments and associations across Canada to help them develop public-education programs based on identified risks and target audiences. Laura is a transplanted Cape Bretoner but loves the west coast as much as the east!  

Laura will offer: The way we deliver fire-safety education has changed in 2020. The National Fire Protection Association has tools, resources and ideas to help fire departments and fire educators work with target audiences. NFPA public-education rep Laura King highlights programs and materials to make fire-safety education do-able with technology, creativity and ingenuity. This 30-minute workshop will include new NFPA initiatives for educators and FPOs.

Lisa Barrett – joined the Office of the Fire Commissioner in February 2019 as the Manager, Fire Prevention Education where she successfully reinvigorated the Province of British Columbia’s role in Fire Prevention Week and worked with a variety of partners to launch the first-ever Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. As part of a restructuring at Emergency Management BC and a consolidation of public education programming, Lisa has joined the EMBC Public Education and Online Communications Team, where she will continue to focus on fire and life safety education. Having spent the last 20 years working in both federal and provincial government, she has extensive experience in communications, preparedness education, campaign creation, event planning and social media.

Lisa will be talking about Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (Nov 1 – 7) and the resources that are available online and in hard copy to promote CO safety in your community.

Amanda Reynolds - is the FireSmart Education Officer for the BC Wildfire Service. She previously acted as the FireSmart Program Lead and Chaired the BC FireSmart Committee. She stared working for BCWS in 2015 have worked in a number of different roles, but has found her passion in educating the public about FireSmart and fire prevention. Before joining BCWS, she was a high school teacher in Vancouver for seven years. Outside of work, her passions include mountain biking, gardening, and spending time with her wife and their black lab, Lola.

Amanda will be speaking on the education discipline of FireSmart and the resources that are available.