KFD's Brickey is 'Educator of the Year'

Matthew Lane • Mar 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The Model City’s own Barry Brickey — the public information officer for the Kingsport Fire Department — has been chosen the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year by the National Fire Protection Association.

Established in 1896, the NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The organization delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy. It also partners with others who share an interest in furthering its mission.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen to receive the award. I love teaching fire and life safety and to see the positive impact it has on our community risk-reduction efforts,” Brickey said. “The smiling faces of kids and adults when they encounter our Sparky the Fire Dog robot and knowing I can help make people safer are some of the greatest perks of my job.”

According to a press release from the NFPA, Brickey was selected for the award because of the following accomplishments:

— Brickey has been using the NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn program in the city’s elementary schools since 2006, along with the the NFPA’s Remembering When program since 2010.

— In 2006, Brickey developed a billboard campaign themed with Fire Prevention Week slogans and home fire sprinkler messaging. The KFD partnered with the state fire marshal’s office for a smoke alarm billboard in October 2018.

— In 2011, Brickey won a contest to become the voice of Sparky the Fire Dog for the NFPAs “Sparky and the Runaway Robot” and to celebrate Sparky’s birthday. For Fire Prevention Week that year, Brickey participated in a national radio media tour as the voice of Sparky.

— Brickey worked with Holston Valley Trauma Center Injury Prevention, the Kingsport Police Department and Contact 211 of Northeast Tennessee to help reduce call numbers at a high-volume apartment complex.

— Brickey is also the recipient of the 2006 Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Educator of the Year and the 2018 Tennessee Public Fire Educators Association Bruce Womack Fire Educator of the Year award.