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Students Volunteer to Train Area Residents in Fire Prevention and Safety

MSU Denver Students to Install Donated Detectors

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Brian Bagwell, Fire and Emergency Services program 303-352-7172

Posted: May 2, 2013

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 150 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, fire extinguisher usage, 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 at the Grace Apartments from feedback obtained from other community organizations that have performed similar education programs. Students taking MSU Denver’s Community Risk and Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services 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 May 4, 2013, 2-4 p.m. 

Grace Apartments (8888 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO  80220)


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

Michael Stanley – Aurora Fire Department captain/paramedic 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 of FEMA 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 the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has 23,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 73,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.