Students to Converge on Capitol Hill for National Campus Fire Safety Month 2009
National Campus Fire Safety Month 2009
will be launched in Washington, D.C., on September 17, 2009. As part of
this launch, college students will meet with Congress and encourage
schools across the country to host fire safety courses for students.
Now in its fifth year, National Campus
Fire Safety Month provides opportunities for schools and communities
across the nation during September to educate students about the dangers
of fire and their role in creating a fire-safe environment.
An estimated 18 million students
currently attend colleges and universities nationwide. Since January
2000, 134 students have died in campus-related fires, according to
statistics compiled by Campus Firewatch. Over 80% of those deaths
were in off-campus housing. Four common factors in these deadly fires
were a lack of automatic fire sprinklers, missing or disabled smoke
alarms, careless disposal of smoking materials and impaired judgment
from alcohol consumption.
The value of National Campus Fire Safety Month
comes from everyone joining together, both in Washington and across the
nation, to make students, parents, schools and communities aware of the
importance of fire safety on our campuses, says Ed Comeau, publisher of Campus Firewatch.
"By working together, we can teach students what they need to protect
themselves, not only for the time that they are in school but for the
rest of their lives. As this years motto says, 'Fire Safety -- Its Part
Mowrer to Develop FPE Graduate Program on the West Coast
Cal Poly Continuing Education and
University Outreach has retained Frederick W. Mowrer as a visiting
professor to spearhead the establishment of a fire protection
engineering graduate program.
This unique program, a joint effort between our
department and the College of Engineering, is desperately needed in our
state, says Dennis Parks, Cal Poly Continuing Education Dean.
The program will be offered with both
on-campus and distance-learning options. The current plan is to begin
offering courses in the fall 2010 term, pending final approval at both
the campus and California State University levels.
Mowrer received his doctorate in fire
protection engineering and combustion science from UC Berkeley. He
recently retired with emeritus status from the Department of Fire
Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland after more than 20
years of service. Mowrer is thrilled by the opportunity and challenge of
establishing a graduate program in fire protection engineering on the
West Coast. My goal is to produce graduates who can practice at a high
level within this profession, he says. With its educational philosophy,
Cal Poly is an ideal fit for this goal.
Mowrer served on the board of directors
of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) from 1995 to 2003,
including a term as president of the Society in 2002. He currently
serves as chair of the SFPE Technical Steering Committee, as chair of
the Research Advisory Committee of the National Fire Protection
Associations (NFPAs) Fire Protection Research Foundation and as a
committee member of the International Association for Fire Safety
Science. He is the author of various chapters of NFPA and SFPE
handbooks, and more than 100 technical articles and reports.