Shrewsbury firefighter honored at state fire safety conference

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Firefighter Brendan Palumbo (left) stands with Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey (right).   Photo/Courtesy Shrewsbury Fire Department
Firefighter Brendan Palumbo (left) stands with Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey (right).
Photo/Courtesy Shrewsbury Fire Department

SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury firefighter has been named one of Massachusetts top fire safety educators. 

Brendan Palumbo was recognized and named as the runner-up educator of the year during the Massachusetts Public Education Conference on Fire and Life Safety held last month by the Department of Fire Services. 

“It is an honor to be nominated and named runner-up for Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year, and I pledge to continue to spread the word about safety in our homes, schools and community,” Palumbo said.

During the pandemic, Palumbo created a home fire escape video for children with the help of his wife and daughters. 

Palumbo enjoys working with the community and its schools in particular.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to our usual in-person teaching programs, but thankfully we all have cameras on our phones, and I have some good volunteers in my own family to help me,” he said.

Shrewsbury Fire Chief James Vuona commended Palumbo’s efforts, saying he was glad he received recognition for his work. 

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and remote learning, Firefighter Palumbo was able to find an innovative way to connect with young people and share his knowledge of fire safety,” Vuona said.