The Elkin Fire Department has announced that one of its volunteers, Capt. Theresa Knops, has been selected by the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal to serve as a member of the North Carolina Fire Life Safety Educator Program Review Committee.
The committee, made up of experienced fire and life safety advocates and educators carefully chosen through an extensive process, is tasked with updating the state’s fire and life safety educator certification program.
Knops has an extensive background in educating the public about fire and life safety topics, and she also travels statewide teaching others how to share these important messages with the communities they serve.
Knops is active in Elkin Fire Department’s own community risk reduction efforts, for she serves as leader of the department’s fire and life safety team, chair of Safe Kids Surry County, representative to the Western North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educators Association, and member of the North Carolina Safe Kids Advisory Committee.
She is also a state certified firefighter and instructor, a credentialed medical responder, and a nationally-certified child passenger safety technician.
“Theresa is well known throughout North Carolina for the passion with which she supports public safety education efforts as well as the expertise she possesses in that particular facet of the fire service,” remarked Elkin Fire Chief Mike Morton.
“We have no doubt she will contribute significantly to the future success of the state’s Fire and Life Safety Educator program, and we are both honored and thankful state authorities chose her to help steer these efforts,” the chief added.