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Students Volunteer to Train Area Residents in Fire Prevention and Safety

MSU Denver Students to Donate Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 25, 2014

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Fire and Emergency Services students will educate residents of Grace Apartments, a Mercy Housing community, on the primary issues around citizen preparedness. Approximately 125 residents, the majority consisting of refugees or immigrants, are expected to participate. Student volunteers will train residents using basic home-safety tools and strategies such as CPR administration, live fire extinguisher usage demonstrations, exit drills, and other basic fire prevention and safety tips. Students have raised funds and secured donations to purchase and install fire and carbon monoxide detectors in needed areas.

WHY:   The students identified the need for fire prevention and safety training at Grace Apartments from feedback from other community organizations that have performed similar education programs. Students taking MSU Denver’s Applications of Fire Research course designed this project as a professional development opportunity, and to encourage civic awareness and citizen preparedness. Students will receive academic credit for the project.


WHEN/ WHERE: Saturday April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. - Noon

Grace Apartments (1255 Yosemite St., Denver, CO  80220)


WHO: Students, faculty and residents will be available for interviews including:

Kevin Hammons – Retired Aurora Fire Department deputy chief and MSU Denver affiliate professor  

Brian Bagwell – MSU Denver assistant professor of human services   


About the Fire and Emergency Services Program

The Fire and Emergency Services Program at MSU Denver is the only place-based bachelor’s program within the state of Colorado that is certified at the federal level by the Fire and Emergency Services of Higher Education program offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration. The program offers curriculum highly desired by most fire chiefs as it extends beyond the range of firefighting and emergency medical technician services into organizational and interpersonal communications. The degree is currently offered as a pilot omnibus program through MSU Denver’s Individualized Degree Program in conjunction with the Human Services Department. Courses currently offered include: Fire and Emergency Services Administration; Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services; Applications of Fire Research; Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection and Fire Prevention Organization. With the continued support from five Denver metro-area fire departments and the community, MSU Denver’s Fire Science pilot program has potential to become a permanent offering at the University.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically-diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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