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John C. Spiker, Sr.

Excellence in Life Safety

Educator of the Year Award 2018

Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bruce D. Bouch

This very prestigious award was presented by Maryland Fire Marshal Brian Geraci during the annual Mid-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 2018 awardee was presented the second official award named for the late John C. Spiker, Sr.  In honor of his late father, John Spiker, Jr assisted with the presentation. 

Bruce D. Bouch has been an outstanding educator in the field of Fire and Life Safety throughout Carroll County and the State of Maryland. 

Serving as the Director of Public Education and Media Affairs for the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, Bruce sourced fire and life safety information to media sources and social media outlets including news releases and interviews. Bruce was involved in the passage of the Maryland Fire Sprinkler Law effecting all new residential construction. He assisted the Smoke Alarm Technology Task Force with the passage of 10 year long life sealed battery smoke alarms. Bruce created a fire prevention demonstration area at the Fan Zone in Dover International Speedway during the Fall NASCAR race events. Each year,  Bruce organized a fireworks safety media event involving both a hand and eye surgeon and members of the bomb squad. Bruce served as the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference and the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Seminar. Bruce also designed an internship program for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office through the Maryland State Firemen's Association to create a website to educate Marylander's on fire and life safety. Continuing his partnership with the Maryland State Firemen's Association, Bruce helped expand and promote the MSFA grant program to award fire companies throughout the State with fire prevention materials or smoke alarms. 

He has been a member at Gamber & Community Fire Company for over 21 years conducting fire prevention demonstrations, assisting at Open Houses and canvasing neighborhoods offering smoke alarm installations, education, and home safety checks. To date, Gamber has installed over 200 smoke alarms in their first due area. 

Bruce has taken his passion of public education beyond the State of Maryland and is now advancing fire and life safety messages nationwide at the United States Fire Administration.