Campus Fire Data provides a launching point for a nationwide campus fire reporting program and will start a more accurate and defined portrayal of fire as it affects colleges and universities in the United States. As there has yet to be a true study done on these numbers, we will pioneer the effort with the support and expertise of several partners with a common mission of fire and life safety on campuses such as the National Fire Protection Association.

The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) received funding from the Department of Homeland Security to start collecting fire data for campuses across the country. This first year, CCFS focused on creating the tools necessary to start collection of the data and at the same time look at the requirements the Department of Education would have as far as collecting data about fires that will be required under the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know Act.

We invite colleges and universities to participate as well as fire departments that serve colleges and universities. Your participation in this program will help CCFS better identify the problems campuses face related to fire on campus. From this data, CCFS will be able to create new training programs that will help you mitigate the risk of fire on your campus.

The CCFS Data Collection Project is underwritten by the
National Electrical Manufacturers Association

For more information, visit www.campusfiredata.org

Entry portal for schools to complete the 2010 Campus Safety and Security Survey

User's Guide for The Campus Safety and Security Web-Based Data Collection

President Signs Higher Education Opportunity Act. 8.14.2008

On Thursday, August 14, 2008 President George W. Bush quietly signed the Higher Education Opportunity
Act along with several other bills awaiting to become law. This bill contains several important campus
safety components, including the core provisions of the original Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, and
effects campuses by requiring they report several pieces of information which will allow us to gain a
more accurate of the fire problem on campus and share their plans and procedures for emergency preparedness and response. CCFS hopes this concept alone will be a proactive step in critical incident and
hazard mitigation.

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act was sponsored by Congressman Bill Pascrell and Senator Frank
Lautenberg, both of New Jersey. Blending the vital provisions of it into the larger Higher Education Act,
allowed this important legislation to finally make its way to the White House and ultimately into law. This
new law will require colleges to report fire safety information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Specific reporting details include:

• the number of fires and the cause of each fire
• the number of injuries and deaths related to a fire
• the value of property damage caused by a fire
• description of the fire protection equipment (alarms/sprinklers) in each on-campus housing unit)
• the number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills; policies or rules on regarding fire safety education
and training programs provided to students, faculty, and staff plans for future improvements in
fire safety, if determined necessary by such institution.

CCFS has been an active proponent of this important legislation since its inception more than eight years ago, when first introduced by Congressman Pascrell. CCFS believes that the components of the law, as intended, will help ensure America’s college students, their parents and the public has uniform, valid and easy to understand information regarding fire safety.

CCFS will offer it’s full time support to campuses to understand and comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act and sees good potential from the data collection component of Firewise Campus (www.firewisecampus.org) to help the Department of Education and has initiated a dialogue with the United States Fire Administration as work now shifts to the rulemaking phase.

Also included in the bill is a competitive matching grant program for campuses to fund safety and security initiatives, including emergency response protocol development and implementation. These grants will fund up to 50% of the cost of development of state-of-the-art emergency communication systems, safety and notification procedures following an emergency, measures to improve campus safety overall, and communications with local mental health and crisis response services. The specific language as it relates to the fire safety reporting can be found below, and the entire text of the Report of the Conference
Committee can be downloaded from the CCFS
website: www.campusfiresafety.org


Campus Fire Safety Right to Know regulations

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