2017 Technician of the Year
The National Child Passenger Safety Board is pleased to announce the 2017 Technician of the Year is Brandi Ballinger from Longview, WA. Ballinger is an employee of Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue located in Kelso, WA, as the department’s Public Education Coordinator. Her work includes community education on multiple safety topics including fire, water, poison prevention and home safety in addition to occupant protection for children. Her exemplary commitment and dedication to child passenger safety resulted in her nomination for national recognition. “I truly believe in the mission of having every child leave (the car seat inspection station) safer than how they arrived. I enjoy being a small part of making a difference in the lives of children and their families,” she said. Ballinger’s experience in injury prevention began when she accepted a work study position at the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue station while attending college. She was hired full-time by the department in April 2000 and completed an introductory child passenger safety course for community educators. In 2005, she became a nationally certified child passenger safety technician.
Additional details about Brandi and her dedication to child passenger safety can be found in the Technician of the Year press release.