Harris County ESD 48 Welcomes First Life & Safety Educator to Community Risk Reduction Team

Harris County ESD 48 Welcomes First Life & Safety Educator to Community Risk Reduction Team

May 23 2024

Harris County ESD 48, your local fire department, is excited to announce the latest addition to their dedicated team, Natasha Matulis, as the inaugural Fire & Life Safety Educator. With a commendable background in teaching at Paetow High School and a bachelor's degree in public health, Matulis is uniquely positioned to establish and strengthen educational relationships with Katy ISD. As part of the department's Community Risk Reduction team, her role will significantly focus on devising safety education initiatives that cater specifically to individual school requirements.

Chief Jason Tharp shared his enthusiasm for Matulis' arrival, noting, "We are delighted to welcome Natasha to our team. Her expertise will be invaluable as we address the vital safety topics required by each school. For years, the generic 'Stop, Drop, and Roll' message has been widely used. However, we understand that different schools have distinct safety concerns, such as a lack of bicycle helmets in one school and distracted driving in another. It's time to analyze the data and provide tailored safety messages".

This appointment demonstrates ESD 48's commitment to ensuring a robust, community-centered risk reduction approach. The Fire Department's Community Risk Reduction division offers a broad range of services, including fire and life safety education, smoke alarm installation, baby safe sleep classes, and a host of tailored safety initiatives.

The Community Risk Reduction page at hcesd48.org/community-risk-reduction provides an extensive list of available services and outreach efforts, showcasing ESD 48's steadfast dedication to promoting safety and health throughout our community. By personalizing safety education measures to cater to specific school needs, ESD 48 continues to lead the way in ensuring a safer, more informed community.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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