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Campus Fire Safety for Students
Student Committee Photos

Michael J. Swain, Chair

 Dale Eriksen, Co-Chair

  Scott Wiercinski, Co-Chair 
Teaming with NFPA

We all know the importance of fire prevention; it is something that fire safety educators and fire officials think about daily.  But what about today’s youth?  Are we reaching them?

With that question in mind, The Center for Campus Fire Safety is pleased to announce “Campus Fire Safety for Students,” a collaborative campaign that actively works to raise fire and life safety awareness among college students nationwide. The initiative is being spearheaded by the University of New Haven’s Fire Science Club, with active support from The Center and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 

The Center has been working with the University of New Haven’s Fire Science Club for several years and more recently formed The Center’s Student Committee with student co-chairs and members.

“We believe the “Student to Student” approach, combined with our existing efforts to provide training and tools to fire safety educators and campus fire officials, will help to expand The Center’s programs to effectively reach the younger audience”, said President Paul D. Martin.  “Club members have always been great to work with.  They are professional, knowledgeable, dedicated and very anxious to begin their careers in fire and life safety.  In fact, over the years several students have made career connections from assisting The Center at our annual Campus Fire Forum” said Martin.

As this effort grows, The Center hopes to add additional student members to team.

Meanwhile, NFPA is no stranger to raising fire safety awareness and providing resources to the public from their Learn Not to Burn programs and Sparky the Fire Dog®, which target young children, to their Remembering When program for older adults.  Their technical, educational and marketing expertise will be extremely helpful as we work to launch this program.

“Young adults, many of whom are living away from home for the first time, are suddenly participating in activities that pose fire risks, whether they live on- or off-campus,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president for Outreach and Advocacy. “By working with The Center and the University of New Haven’s Fire Science Club, we can collaboratively encourage and empower students to actively get involved in fire safety, with the ultimate goal of reducing campus fire deaths across the nation.”

Left to Right: Cathy Tabor, Michael J. Swain (The Center), Kyle Mellon, Michael Wailgum, Greg Fasold, Nick Demko, Scott Wiercinski, Tarren Horvath (Fire Science Club), Lorraine Carli (NFPA) and Paul D. Martin (The Center)Photo: