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One Grove St. Suite 235
Pittsford, NY 14534
phone: 585.264.0840
fax: 585.264.1754
© Fireproof Children /
Prevention First 2004

Robert Cole, PhD - President. As one of the nation's leading experts in fire safety education, he is continually requested as a trainer/speaker throughout North America regarding preschool fire safety education and community intervention for juvenile firesetting. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Bob has received two 3-year research grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study children's fireplay and unintentional injury. He is a co-author of Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention, and the author or co-author of numerous articles on children and fire for Fire Chief, Firehouse, Children and Families, Young Children and other national journals.
Robert Crandall Robert Crandall - Vice-President. A retired, 30-year veteran of the fire service, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration. As a line division company officer with the Rochester Fire Department, he helped the department develop and evaluate innovative community fire and life safety interventions, including the recent startup of the Adopt a School Program. Bob was named Firefighter of the Year 2000 for his community-based prevention and education efforts and career achievement. He is a co-author of Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention, and has delivered numerous fire safety trainings including the Making the Most of a Home Visit: Firefighter Neighborhood Outreach funded through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant.
Ellie Stauffer - Vice-President and Director of Training

Ellie has an extensive background in training and organizational development and has created programs including Community Coalition Building and Skills Building for the fire service, Prevention First Fire Safety Education for Preschool Children and Families for preschool educators, and Mas Vale Prevenir, a fire and falls safety Program for older Hispanic adults developed for the International Association of Hispanic Firefighters . Most recently Ellie developed and delivers Home Safety Training to address home hazards including fire, falls and poison, for new residents of Habitat for Humanity homes and staff of community service agencies.

Jessica O'Connor, MPH - Program Coordinator. Jessica holds a B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Albany. She has extensive experience in program development and project management in the health care and health education fields. Here she is responsible for the coordination of our various programs, including the play safe! be safe! workshops. Additionally, she contributes to program development, research, and evaluation for the company.


Research & Training Partners

Holly Brown Holly Brown, DNP, RN, NPP is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. At Hillside Family of Agencies, she works as a mental health nurse practitioner with children and youth dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental disorders. She and co-trainer Bob Crandall gave new fire inspectors training in providing effective fire safety education to people with developmental disabilities as part of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control Boot Camp at the State Fire Academy.

Ernest Flagler is a 15 year veteran of the Rochester,NY Fire Department and currently serves as a Fire Inspector. He developed the Fire Safety Program for the Community Relations and Education Unit, and coordinated fire prevention programs including Hazard House, Tools or Toys, Sparky the dog, and 911 Simulator. Ernie has prepared fellow firefighters to present fire prevention education, and speaks regularly to civic, school and other community groups. The department has awarded him two Life Saving awards and the 2011 Class II Service Award.

Daryl Sharp photo Daryl Sharp, PhD, RN, NPP is Professor of Clinical Nursing, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of clinical experience in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Her research interests lie in the areas of health promotion/injury prevention and facilitating motivation for health behavior change.
Carolyn Kourofsky, Doing Good By Writing Well, is a Rochester,NY-based writer and the author of Mikey Makes a Mess. Her articles on fire safety have appeared in Fire Chief, Firehouse, Young Children, and Children and Families. She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Prevention 1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries.
Jen Glanton Ralph is the talented illustrator of Mikey Makes Mess. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo. She serves on the Board of Directors of Prevention 1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries.

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