Alvaro and Shawn are Seton Hall burn survivors. We are pleased to have them as lifetime members of The Center for Campus Fire Safety.
Many have met them at our annual Forum (s) going back to the 2012 Forum in San Antonio, which was their initial debut to the higher education community.
Alvaro and Shawn tour the nation to speak! They discuss their ordeal of being college burn survivors at many colleges across the country. It’s good to see so many universities and towns helping to spread this message. In addition to college/university settings, Alvaro and Shawn also speak at high schools, as well as fire safety training or firefighting seminars and conferences. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered.
During their initial debut at The Center's Campus Fire Forum in November 2012, they unveiled the newly released film “After The Fire – The Movie”. “This story is of survival, perseverance, inspiration, hope, courage and friendship. Coupled with the personal appearances from Alvaro and Shawn, the audience was left speechless” said Michael J. Swain, Vice President of The Center and Campus Fire Prevention Officer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. According to Michael,“This is a truly powerful way for a life safety educator to reach anyone – especially students”. The Center highly recommends Alvaro and Shawn as motivational speakers, and the Movie is a must have for any fire safety educator” said Swain. Alvaro and Shawn inspire to motivate students and professionals knowing that life will present many obstacles. It's how we overcome those obstacles by drawing strength, knowledge and motivation from those around you. These are the tools in life's endeavors that help to prove there is life "After the Fire."
CCFS Lifetime Member, Shawn Simons, speaks with NBC reporter Sarah Wallace about the disappointment of more states not making fire sprinklers mandatory on college campuses. WATCH VIDEO
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