Marys­town fire­fighter wins Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion schol­ar­ship

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - MARYS­TOWN, NL.

A Marys­town fire­fighter’s ded­i­ca­tion to ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about fire safety has earned him a ma­jor award.

Justin Bolt of the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment has earned the Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s (NFPA) Star Schol­ar­ship Award.

The NFPA chooses 12 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents from Canada and the United States each year.

The award has earned Bolt, chair of the Marys­town depart­ment’s pub­lic re­la­tions com­mit­tee, a trip to Las Ve­gas, Nev., this June for the NFPA’s an­nual con­fer­ence and expo.

“Justin has con­sis­tently demon­strated a strong com­mit­ment, in con­junc­tion with the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, to re­duc­ing the Town of Marys­town’s res­i­dents’ risk to fire and re­lated haz­ards through his pub­li­cre­la­tions du­ties,” said Laura King, NFPA’s Cana­dian pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive, in a news re­lease.

Bolt also pro­vides and cir­cu­lates the NFPA’s ma­te­ri­als to fire de­part­ments and the gen­eral pub­lic in his role as the pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Ser­vices, King noted.

“Justin is truly de­serv­ing of this award and we’re thrilled to have him at­tend this year’s con­fer­ence.”

Marys­town Fire Chief Alex Coady said Bolt is an as­set to the depart­ment.

“Justin has been an in­te­gral part of our pub­lic re­la­tions in re­spect to in­form­ing the res­i­dents of Marys­town of fire safety is­sues and alerts,” Coady said in the press re­lease.

“He has used the NFPA pub­lic safety mes­sages to keep our res­i­dents in­formed and up­dated, as well as pro­mote fire safety in our town.”

New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Ser­vices pres­i­dent Duane An­tle said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is proud one of its vol­un­teers has won the Star Schol­ar­ship Award.

“Since join­ing us in 2016, Justin has done a tremen­dous job for our as­so­ci­a­tion and for our mem­ber­ship,” An­tle said.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is one of our main pil­lars and the work that Justin does not only ben­e­fits the As­so­ci­a­tion, but ben­e­fits the gen­eral pub­lic through his abil­ity to share the ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als which are avail­able through the NFPA.”

Star Schol­ar­ship Award re­cip­i­ents are se­lected by NFPA’s re­gional ed­u­ca­tional spe­cial­ists and the Cana­dian pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive. They are val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $2,000.

SUB­MIT­TED

Marys­town fire­fighter Justin Bolt has won the Star Schol­ar­ship Award from the Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

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