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Fire Prevention Week™ 100th Anniversary: Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape™ Webinar
Join us to learn about this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, October 9-15, which reinforces the critical importance of developing a home escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it regularly. In addition, this October represents the 100th anniversary of FPW, the nation’s longest-running public health observance on record. Learn more about the statistics behind the theme, tools and resources to help your organization have a successful FPW and what you can do to celebrate 100 years of fire safety. Special guest speaker Wendy Shields, Ph.D., MPH, from Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, discussing “The intersection of housing, socioeconomics, and fire.”

Andrea Vastis, MPH
Senior Director, Public Education, NFPA

Kelly Ransdell,
Regional Director, South Central, NFPA

Birgitte Messerschmidt
Director, Research, NFPA

Wendy Shields, PhD, MPH
Associate Scientist
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

Aug 18, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Andrea Vastis, MPH
Senior Director, Public Education @National Fire Protection Association, NFPA
Andrea Vastis is the Sr. Director of Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA), with oversight of fire and life safety and wildfire education efforts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Health Education from Rhode Island College and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University. She has over 25 years of experience in public health education and programming spanning worksite wellness, government, academia, and healthcare. Her focus is on improving access to education and healthcare, eliminating health disparities, supporting the profession of fire and life safety education, and providing culturally relevant programming. Prior to joining NFPA in June of 2018, she was Sr. Manager of Pharmacy Product Development for Patient Care Programs at CVS Health. She lives with her husband Ken Carlson, their two daughters Lily and Shuwei, and dog Bubba in Seekonk, Massachusetts.
Kelly Ransdell
Regional Director, South Central, NFPA @National Fire Protection Association
Kelly Ransdell works for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as the Regional Director for the South Central US covering NC, TX, AR, LA, OK,TN, MS and AL. Formerly she was the Regional Education Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association covering the 17 states in the Southern and New England regions for 5 years. She works to expand fire and burn education, expand code and standards adoption and works with national organizations, state agencies, and local fire departments to enhance their overall educational programs. Before joining NFPA staff in 2015, she worked as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Department of Insurance- Office of State Fire Marshal overseeing the Prevention, Programs and Grants Division for nearly 15 years. In addition, she worked as the State Director of Safe Kids North Carolina which included 42 coalitions covering 72 counties for 11 years. Kelly and her husband live just south of Raleigh, NC and have two daughters- 16 years old
Birgitte Messerschmidt
Director of Applied Research @National Fire Protection Association
Birgitte Messerschmidt is the Director of Applied Research at the National Fire Protection Association. Birgitte is responsible for NFPA’s research strategy, including global research outreach, and manages research on fire problems and other safety issues (e.g., electrical deaths and injuries, CO incidents) using statistical data, detailed incident information, and reviews of relevant literature/research. She has a M. Sc. in civil engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and has spent her entire career working on fire safety issues. Her career-long passion has been making our built environment more resilient to fire through better understanding of the impact of construction products and methods, as well as testing procedures and policy. She has been involved in testing and research as well as standardization and advocacy. She has published and presented numerous papers on fire safety issues.
Wendy Shields
Associate Scientist @Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Wendy Shields is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a core Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy where she has worked as a research manager for the past 20 years. She leads the centers partnerships with tribal communities. She completed her masters training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health after serving as Peace Corps volunteer. She recently received her PhD, her dissertation focused on the prevention of home injuries. Her research interests include the prevention of unintentional injuries with a focus on the prevention of injuries from fires and burns. She has a particular interest in the intersection of housing quality and home injuries.