Residence Life honoured for fire safety initiative
Residence Life is receiving the prestigious Jim Copeland Award for their work in dramatically reducing false fire alarms in student residences over a two-year period. The number of false fire alarms went from 52 in 2010-11 academic year to four in the 2011-12 academic year.
“We are honoured to receive this provincial award. Fire safety is a serious matter in Residence Life and across the university,” says Kathryn Morrissey, Residence Judicial Advisor. “We are pleased to have a strong partnership with Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR), working with its staff members on a variety of programs aimed at keeping students aware and safe.”
Residence Life and KFR launched an initiative in 2010 to reduce the number of false fire alarms in student residences. The initiative began with an inspection program followed by educational programming, changes in residence policies and additional security measures.
“Malicious fire alarms pose a serious risk and danger to our entire community; eliminating needless alarms allows firefighters to respond more readily to legitimate emergencies and promotes a culture of safety and responsibility on campus,” says Ted Posadowski, Fire Inspector, KFR.
KFR nominated Residence Life for the Jim Copeland Award presented by the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association. The award recognizes individuals, corporations and community groups who have made significant contributions to preventing fires and educating the community on fire safety.
The work to reduce false fire alarms is one of several initiatives undertaken as part of the Town Gown Strategic Plan. The plan includes a Quality of Life Working Group that promotes the goal of creating safe and clean neighbourhoods.