Akron, NY (WKBW)
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has named Kenneth Pagels of the Akron Volunteer Fire Company as the recipient of the 2011 Fire Prevention Award. He was selected from a nationwide nomination process and was recognized at a special awards banquet during the NVFC’s spring board meeting on April 5 in Alexandria, VA.
The NVFC Fire Prevention Award, sponsored by First Alert, annually honors a volunteer firefighter who exemplifies the philosophy of fire prevention. Kenneth Pagels has been an active firefighter at the Akron Volunteer Fire Company for 40 years and has been teaching fire prevention for almost as long. His fire prevention program includes teaching local grade school and nursery-age children how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency, what a firefighter looks like in full gear, how to stay low and get out of a home when there is fire or smoke, and cooking safety.
In 1994, Pagels worked with a local trade school to build a trailer to use for fire safety exercises. His work has inspired numerous individuals to volunteer at the department as a firefighter or EMT. There has not been a fire fatality in his district since he began the fire prevention program almost four decades ago.
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.