Umesh Lal, a fire prevention officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, has received the Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Fire Prevention Officers Association of B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer receives provincial award

Umesh Lal of Nanaimo Fire Rescue named Fire Educator of the Year

Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, has received the 2020 Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Fire Prevention Officers Association of British Columbia.

According to a City of Nanaimo press release, Lal has been critical in many fire safety educational programs in the city, including the home smoke alarm program, Snuneymuxw First Nation fire extinguisher training, fire safety for new Canadians, outreach with Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district and the B.C. Burn Fund.

“The work he has done prevents injuries and saves lives,” Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog said in the release. “It is vital work and he has done it so well he has received this prestigious award.”

The Fire Prevention Officers Association of B.C. recognize one person annually for work in fire safety education.

“Fire prevention is key to saving lives and property in our city,” said Karen Fry, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief. “I am proud of the work that our department is doing and could not be more pleased for Umesh in his receiving of this recognition.”
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