As U.S. campus fire deaths in 2007 had reached an all-time high, Purdue University Fire Department under Fire Chief Kevin Ply, hired a full-time (sworn) Fire Prevention Specialist-Lieutenant. The purpose of this position is to focus on educating the diverse groups of students, faculty and staff on a variety of fire prevention and safety topics, as well as, conduct and oversee the fire prevention division, fire & life safety inspections, campus AED program and required fire drills. In 2011, the fire prevention division expanded with two additional full-time (non-sworn) Fire Prevention Specialists.
The mission of Purdue University Fire Prevention Program is to mitigate the threat to life and property throughout the Purdue community, with the delivery of quality education, prevention, inspection and preparedness.
- Since 2000, 170 students have died in college campus fire deaths throughout the nation.
- 87% of the fire deaths started in off-campus housing, 6% in Greek housing, 6% in Residences Halls and 1% other.
- Careless disposal of smoking materials
- Impaired judgment from alcohol consumption
- Lack of automatic fire sprinkler system
- Fire overloads, candles, halogen lamps, unattended cooking, and electrical overloads
- Fires originating on upholstered furniture on decks or porches
- Tampering or ignoring a fire alarms
- Not getting out when fire alarms are activated
- Missing or disabled smoke alarms - Smoke detectors SAVE lives!