WASHINGTON, DC–Congresswoman Marcia L Fudge (OH-11), recently reintroduced the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Fire Prevention Act. The legislation, supported by 14 organizations, would authorize funds to provide competitive matching grants to universities and colleges to install sprinklers, fire alarms, and other fire prevention mechanisms in student housing and dormitories. It reserves at least 10 percent of the funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions and at least 10 percent of the funds for fraternities and sororities. This legislation was first introduced to the House of Representative by the late Congresswoman Tubbs Jones of Cleveland in 2009.
“Taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our young people in colleges and universities should be a high priority. My hope is that this legislation will allow us to prevent unnecessary deaths from faulty fire safety equipment, and reduce the cost of damages. Our students deserve a safe place to live and study,” said Congresswoman Fudge.
- Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I)
- Campus Firewatch
- Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)
- International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF)
- International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters – Cleveland
- North Central Region – International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
- International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
- International Code Council (ICC)
- International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA)
- Michael H. Minger Foundation (organization focusing on fire safety for students with disabilities)
- National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)