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Tom Kiurski

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Tom Kiurski has been in the fire service since 1981. He is the Training Coordinator and Director of Fire Safety Education for Livonia, Mich., Fire & Rescue. He has served as a firefighter/paramedic, engineer and lieutenant prior to his appointment as the training coordinator. He has earned an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., a Bachelors Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Tom teaches fire service-related courses at local colleges and fire academies. He has presented at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis seven times, as well as numerous state and local conferences. He has written more than 300 articles on fire safety education and training that have appeared in various fire service publications. Contact Tom at

Be it a theater, a nightclub or a church, places where people like to gather can be very hazardous; teach your residents how to make safe decisions
We have to prepare for the changes in building material and fire load that are being thrown at us
Use information from the tragic nightclub fires as a means to get the fire-safety message home to your public
As beautiful as they may be, the tradition of decorating homes during the holidays can be deadly if fire hazards are ignored
Survey data shows that most people do not understand the threat of fire and harbor dangerous misconceptions
The annual open house is an excellent way to bond with your community, so long as catastrophe doesn’t strike. Plan your event with safety at the forefront
Ensure your community takes ownership for their own rescue in a fire
Practicing an escape plan is critical to their survival, convincing them of this is a much greater challenge
Teach the community how to use these life-saving devices and to have an escape plan
What the experiences of the complacent, malicious and outright stupid can teach the rest about fire safety