Students to Converge on Capitol Hill for National Campus Fire Safety Month 2009
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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 of Living.'"

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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.

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