FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heather Parker has joined the Springfield Fire Department as its Fire and Life Safety Educator. Parker’s duties will consist of developing and implementing fire prevention and safety education curriculum consistent with the fire department’s community risk reduction programs to include prevention, conducting juvenile fire setter screening and education, tracking and reporting community fire trends, and applying for grants and seeking community partnerships to ensure funding for the department’s public education programs.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside firefighters, neighborhoods, schools, local organizations, and businesses on existing and new creative ways to make our community safer,” Parker said.
Parker joined the fire department from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, where she served as the coordinator for the Community Health Advocate Program. She has also worked as a public health investigator, a biologist for the National Park Service, an environmental scientist, a teaching assistant for Missouri State University, a laboratory technician for City Utilities, and as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Parker has a master of science degree in natural and applied sciences/plant sciences from Missouri State University. Her bachelor of science degree is in wildlife and conservation management.
“I believe Heather’s experience with program management and her strong ties to the Springfield community will make her an excellent addition to the Springfield Fire Department,” said Fire Chief David Pennington.
Parker replaces Cara Erwin, who recently joined the Health department as a community wellness coordinator.
Media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Fire Chief Olan Morelan at 417-874-2330 or Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009. Media inquiries after 5 p.m. should be directed to the department’s media line at 417-874-2301.