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Guinness and the Leary Firefighters Foundation are teaming up to support the brave men and woman of the U.S Fire Service. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars for local fire fighters and the resources they need to support their relentless hard work in the line of duty.

Some of the benefactors of the foundation include our native Boston Fire Department and over the years grants for not only a high-speed fire rescue boat but a tactical command unit. The Leary Firefighter Foundation continues to support many fire departments from New Orleans to New York.

If you would like to support this cause and earn a very nifty Guinness/Fire Fighter themed T-Shirt, go to the website and donate $20. Too rich? Why not get one and raffle it off to your department, co-workers, friends or family.

Keep up with us to see where NFPA goes. And remember, never drink and drive, call a friend, even offer them a T-Shirt. Although you must be 21 or over to consume alcohol, anyone of any age can wear a cool T-Shirt.

Guinness_Firefighter T-Shirt

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Capt. James Culbertson with the Ventnor City Fire Department in New Jersey offered a

well-written response

to an


panning a new bill that would require sprinklers in new homes.



Here's a point-counterpoint synopsis of both editorials:



Opponent argument:+ "The New Jersey Builders Association figures mandating sprinkler systems would add $6,000 to the cost of a new home."+




Culbertson's response: "The editorial states home fire sprinkler systems are a considerable cost. What would considerable cost be to the six people who perished in the recent

Ann Arundel, Maryland, fire?

How about all of the many civilians and firefighters injured and killed over the years? 



The difference between a $200,000 and $206,000 home with a 30-year mortgage at five-percent interest is approximately $1 per day. Many of us spend more than this for a cup of coffee each day."



Read Culbertson's other responses by visiting the

Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

Campus Fire Safety photo

We all know the importance of fire prevention; it's something fire safety educators and fire officials think about daily. But what about today's youth? What are their thoughts on fire safety? Are we doing enough to raise awareness of the dangers, and have we provided them with enough tools and resources to get involved and share information with their friends?

With these questions in mind, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) has announced, "Campus Fire Safety for Students," a collaborative campaign that actively works to raise fire and life safety awareness among college students nationwide. The initiative is being spearheaded by the University of New Haven's Fire Science Club, with active support from The Center and NFPA.

"We believe the "student to student" approach, combined with our existing efforts to provide training and tools to fire safety educators and campus fire officials, will help to expand The Center's programs to effectively reach the younger audience," said The Center's president, Paul D. Martin.

While the initiative is in its infancy, the group has already been working on ideas to promote fire and life safety in 2015 on campuses across the country through social media platforms and the web. The group has also been working out the details for an online event that will be launched in September to coincide with Campus Fire Safety Month

"Young adults, many of whom are living away from home for the first time, are suddenly participating in activities that pose fire risks, whether they live on- or off-campus," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president for Outreach and Advocacy. "By working with The Center and the University of New Haven's Fire Science Club, we can collaboratively encourage and empower students to actively get involved in fire safety, with the ultimate goal of reducing campus fire deaths across the country."

Campus 2NFPA is excited to be working together with the members of the Fire Science Club at the University of New Haven and The Center, and look forward to working on projects and developing materials for college students and their parents. Stay tuned over the next few months for additional information about the Campus Fire Safety for Students initiative and the event in September! 

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