The Michael H. Minger Foundation has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to organize a series of Campus Fire Safety Community Service projects in five communities across the nation. These projects will focus on bringing fire departments and college students together to work on providing fire safety education and outreach to their communities through home fire safety visits.
The Minger Foundation was awarded a grant in 2009 to conduct a similar program. It was a great success, and the project will expand to include communities in five different states. In all cases, the efforts will focus on high-risk demographics, including those living in off-campus student housing, low income and elderly housing and people with disabilities, all of which statistics have shown to be in greater danger from residential fires. Along with educating the students and the public at large, part of the fire safety visits will focus on installing smoke alarms, including special devices for those that are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
“This partnership is a win-win situation,” said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. “The fire departments get more people to help them in their outreach efforts and the students learn, first-hand, about fire safety. At the same time they have the opportunity to give back to their communities in a very positive way. I appreciate the support from the DHS Fire Prevention and Safety grant program to continue this important work.”
Working with the Minger Foundation will be Ed Comeau, publisher of Campus Firewatch, a recognized leader in campus fire safety, and Corey Lewis, a fire fighter and public information officer with extensive experience in public fire safety education.
The Minger Foundation has produced a series of campus fire safety education resources, including posters, guides for teaching fire safety, the acclaimed documentary “9 Fires” as well as a series of videos focusing on fire safety for students with disabilities. All of this material is available, free of charge, from the Foundation’s Web site at www.mingerfoundation.org.