Thursday, March 21, 2013

BCFD and SBU collaborate in training for campus fire safety

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BCFD and SBU collaborate in training for campus fire safety

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Leaders from Bolivar City Fire Department and Southwest Baptist University Safety and Security attended a two-day course, "Firewise Campus," March 19 and 20. The course was fully funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant, allowing the entities to collaborate and create a campus fire safety program.

BCFD Chief Jim Ludden, BCFD Assistant Chief and City of Bolivar Emergency Management Director Brent Watkins, and SBU Assistant Director of Safety and Security Zeke Clawson attended.

“This class provided a multitude of resources and reviewed the planning processes needed to create a culture of fire safety with university students and staff and continued to build the relationships and cooperation with the Bolivar City Fire Department and Southwest Baptist University,” Ludden said.

The course gives fire safety professionals an understanding of successful training methodologies for the college age group, as well as tools and resources they can use to effectively educate students and provide a fire-safe campus environment, according to the Firewise Campus website.

“The Firewise Campus training was a great opportunity to learn effective ways to unite university efforts with local fire department efforts for the protection of students and employees both on and off campus,” Clawson said. “We are looking at ways to provide additional training and fire safety awareness to the university community in effective and meaningful ways.”

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