John C. Spiker, Sr.

Excellence in Life Safety

Educator of the Year Award 2019

Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference

Tuesday, September 26, 2019

Luisa C. Ferreria


This very prestigious award was presented by Maryland Fire Marshal Brian Geraci during the annual Mis-Atlantic Life Safety Conference hosted at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in recognition of his leadership and outstanding and distinguished work in the area of public safety. The 2019 awardee was presented the third official award named for the late John c. Spiker Sr. In honor of his late father, John Spiker Jr. assisted with the presentation.  

Luisa C. Ferreira has been an outstanding educator in the field of Fire Safety Education for much of her 31-year career with the University of Maryland. Her first contribution to the community was the years spent developing and presenting a babysitter training program for Prince George’s County residents.  Having grown up in Prince George’s County and recognizing a need, she traveled all over the County with her assistant instructors and her own children, to teach young people how to be safe and reliable caretakers of children.

Over the years, Luisa has become a recognized and often sought subject-matter expert in college and university pubic fire safety education.  She has developed fire and life safety programs for the University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff. She has worked with, and addressed the needs of persons with disabilities, and has trained thousands of Resident Assistants using innovative methods which keeps UMD at the forefront in pubic fire safety awareness and education.

Another key contribution was her work on the development team for a campus fire safety program sponsored by a grant from the United States Fire Administration to the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Fire Department.  The resulting USFA “Get Out and Stay Alive” video and pamphlet were distributed nationally. 

Luisa has obtained many fire marshal, safety and public educator related training and certifications including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

She has served on the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference planning committee for over twenty (20) years and has been one of the go-to people on the committee for innovative ideas.