The winner of the 2011 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant was the College Station Fire Department in College Station,Texas, home of Texas A&M University. NFPA presents the $5,000 grant each year to a local fire department in the United States or Canada to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign.
According to Lisa Braxton, project manager for NPFA's Public Education Division, the fire department used the grant to support its Rental Housing Fire Reduction Education Program for the college community. "Off-campus rentals provide housing to more than 40,000 students who attend Texas A&M University and Blinn College," she notes in her "Outreach" column in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.
Through this campaign, the fire department reached more than 2,500 students in person at student conferences, fire safety events, and fire drills, and more than 40,000 households.
The application deadline for the next Jensen grant is February 8, 2013. For more information, visit nfpa.org/Jensen.