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Fire and Life Safety Educator, 1st Edition

  • Marsha P. Giesler
  • ISBN-10: 1428305416
  • ISBN-13: 9781428305410
  • 416 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Based on the 2010 Edition of NFPA Standard 1035, FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR is a comprehensive and reader-friendly guide for those responsible for public education for the fire service. Drawing upon the vast experience of the author, this book goes beyond the basics: offering creative ideas for executing educational principles, and practical suggestions for delivering presentations to a variety of audiences. FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR applies the most current research in the field to everyday applications and provides not only what to teach, but the how and why of successful program development and delivery.


  • Correlates to the 2010 Edition of NFPA Standard 1035 for Fire Life Safety Educator (FLSE) I, reflecting current practices and trends.

  • Features bonus content explaining how to create and evaluate programs, for those individuals who may need to conduct FLSE II or III level activities.

  • Offers valuable insight into public education with each chapter, including "Case Studies" reflecting personal experiences from educators across the country, and a section titled "What This Means for the Fire and Life Safety Educator."

  • Serves as a handy reference for initial training, as well as for practitioners, including practical advice and creative exercises – "Educator Tips", "Try It, It Works" – that encourage readers to apply these tools to their own department or community.

  • Challenges readers to find unique methods to addressing tricky situations and address problems before they arise with a special feature "Think About It and Make It Better."

  • Also available is an Instructor Resources CD containing lesson plans, PowerPoint® presentations, Testbanks, Image Library, NFPA Correlation Grid and electronic forms and templates for the public educator.

About the Author

Marsha P. Giesler

Marsha P. Giesler has served as a fire inspector and as the public education and public information officer for the Downers Grove, IL Fire Department for the past nineteen years. As a former teacher, she has brought her education experience and expertise to the fire service. Ms. Giesler has served as a past chairperson and member of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association's Fire and Life Safety Education Committee throughout her fire service career. For the past fifteen years, she instructed the Public Education module, which she wrote, for the state's Fire Prevention Officer I class, teaching both firefighters and civilians. Most recently, Ms. Giesler worked with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to write and instruct a curriculum for the FLSE section of the Fire Officer I and Fire Officer III classes offered through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and has written and instructed the Public Education section of the Illinois Fire Services Administrative Professional Association class for the past fifteen years. She also serves on the Illinois Task Force for the sixteen Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, representing Initiatives numbers fourteen and fifteen. Ms. Giesler continues to work as a program designer and practitioner in the field of FLSE, teaching fire safety and injury prevention to pre-school through high school students, older adults, families, and businesses in her community. Many of her ideas have been adopted and published by the fire service across the country, including the NFPA's Education Section. Ms. Giesler and the Downers Grove Fire Department were recipients of the 1996 NFPA Learn Not to Burn® Champion Award and returned in 1997 as mentors for the 1997 Champions. Marsha P. Giesler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Management from National Louis University.

Table of Contents

1. Historic Fires and Human Behavior in Fires/History of Injury Prevention.
2. Learning Styles.
3. Age Group Characteristics.
4. Methods and Strategies for Effective Teaching.
5. High Risk Populations.
6. Fire and Life Safety Messages for Age Groups.
7. Holidays and Special Circumstances and Safety Campaigns.
8. Fire Behavior and Prevention Basics.
9. Fire Department Basics.
10. Public Relations.
11. Professionalism.
12. Developing Fire and Life Safety Curricula, Objectives, Lesson Plans.
13. Evaluation; Assessment and Reflection.
14. Putting It All Together.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1428305424 | ISBN-13: 9781428305427)