City of Jackson Fire Department’s Public Education Coordinator and Leadership Jackson Graduate Receives Award

May 18, 2017

Rico G. Bryson, Public Education Coordinator of the City of Jackson Fire Department has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to receive a Star Scholarship Award for his dedication to effectively reaching the public with fire safety education. As an award recipient, Bryson will attend NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Boston, MA, June 4-7, where he will participate in training sessions, conference events and a networking reception. NFPA’s Conference & Expo serves as the premier, annual event for fire, electrical, and building safety.

“Rico has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing Jackson residents’ risk to fire and related hazards and stood out in Tennessee for his commitment to safety,” said Kelly Ransdell, regional education specialist for NFPA’s Public Education Division. “He is truly deserving of this award, and we’re thrilled to have him attend this year’s conference.”

NFPA chose 12 scholarship recipients from the United States and Canada who provide consistent and innovative outreach to their community; actively use and implement NFPA resources and programs, including Learn Not to Burn®, Remembering When™, or Fire Prevention Week; promote NFPA in their community, state or province; and/or are new fire and life safety educators interested in learning about NFPA programs and materials.

 Winners were selected by NFPA’s regional education specialists and Canadian public education field advisor. Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and includes travel, conference registration, and lodging.

Mayor Gist stated, “Jackson citizens are very fortunate to have public servants like Rico Bryson to serve our community. Rico sets an example for us all to follow. Congratulations, Rico, for this special recognition.”

Bryson is a 2015 graduate of the Jackson Chamber's Leadership Jackson program.


About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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