In December 2011, two international students were killed in an off-campus fire in Emporia, KS. The Minger Foundation and Campus Firewatch has been working on developing Campus Fire Safety Community Service Projects, where students team up with firefighters and do home fire safety visits. Talking about this outreach are Firefighter Corey Lewis from the Richmond, KY, Fire Department, Emporia Fire Chief Jack Taylor and Kansas State Fire Marshal Terry Maple.
Ed then talks with LaCrosse, WI, Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland about the serious fire that broke out in a University of Wisconsin LaCrosse residence hall. This fire happened early on a Sunday morning and has resulted in the residence hall being shut down for the entire semester, displacing 271 students. Chief Cleveland gives an account of the fire and the invaluable lessons that were learned as a result. This is one of a series of significant fires that have happened at the beginning of the spring semester and more information can be found at www.campus-firewatch.com/breakingnews.
We wrap up the show talking about Campus Fire Safety Capitol Hill Day 2012 with Ohio Fire Safety Coalition Executive Director Matthew Kuwatch and parent advocate Bonnie Woodruff. This is the annual event in Washington where students, campus fire safety advocates, fire officials and others gather and meet with Congressional offices to talk about the various pieces of fire safety legislation moving through Congress.
Along with these stories, the Minger Foundation has just launched a new series of fire safety posters for RAs to use in doing fire safety education on their floors that can be downloaded for free from www.mingerfoundation.org. Each poster has a QR code on it that takes the students to a web page with more information and videos featuring students and RAs talking about fire safety. Check it out.
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