Mary Marchone, a U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy (NFA) training specialist for the Fire Prevention (Management) curriculum, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education.
Sponsored by the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) and International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), the award honors Dr. Phillips, a member of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control appointed by President Nixon in 1972 to study our nation’s fire problem and make recommendations for reducing fire losses across the country. The culmination of the Commission’s work was the report America Burning.
Mary is a skilled course developer and instructor. Since joining the NFA in 2008, she has developed courses focusing on all aspects of community risk reduction. She was instrumental in introducing the concept of fire department involvement in injury prevention to NFA courses, and was the first woman to serve as a training specialist in the Fire Prevention (Management) curriculum. Additionally, Mary is responsible for the second year Executive Fire Officer Program course, Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction.
“The 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award simply confirms what Mary’s colleagues and students have known for years: that she is a passionate and determined advocate for prevention, community risk reduction and mitigation.”
- NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal
Mary’s progressive approach to fire and life safety education has spanned 45 years, advocating for the fire service to address issues and challenges outside their traditional functions, especially in community risk reduction. Prior to joining NFA, she worked for many years as an Academy course developer and instructor. She has long been a sought-after presenter at national, state and local conferences; for cable and radio programs and local public service announcements; and at national teleconferences and press conferences. She has served on numerous task forces, committees and coalitions including: SAFE KIDS Coalition; Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force; NFPA 1031 – Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator and Fire Educator; Sesame Street fire safety; arson task forces; fire safety symposium committees; and has authored numerous articles in peer publications.
Her career began in 1969 with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Fire and Rescue Services, where she managed numerous programs including smoke alarm campaigns, home safety surveys, youth firesetting prevention and intervention, and child passenger safety. Through Mary’s efforts, countless careers have been enhanced by her knowledge and expertise in fire safety education. IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder spoke of her impact by stating, “Mary Marchone has set an example for all of us in the fire service industry. Her unwavering dedication to education, training and leadership is why we are so proud to honor Ms. Marchone with this award. There is no individual better suited to receive the 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education.”
The award was presented on May 1 at the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.