Montclair State University has earned a spot on the Fire Safety Honor
Roll in the 2014 editions of The Princeton Review’s books, The Best 378 Colleges and The
Complete Book of Colleges.
The University received a perfect Fire Safety Rating of 99 –
one of only 23 institutions in the nation to do so – to earn a place on the
Fire Safety Honor Roll.
The Princeton Review asked 1,165 schools about the fire
safety measures – such as automatic fire sprinkler systems and smoke detectors
in residence hall rooms – they have in place to support on-campus fire safety. Each
school was rated on a scale of 60-99, with only 23 colleges receiving perfect
According to Robert Ferrara, the University’s director of fire
safety, the recognition reflects “the dedication and support I have from the
University to upgrade life safety systems, as well as the efforts of my staff
to update training programs for students and staff.”
Noting that 100 percent of Montclair State’s residence hall rooms
are equipped with sprinklers and alarms, Ferrara says: “We are committed to our
community.” This commitment is evident in groundbreaking programs like the new
Fire Academy for Greek Life Students, scheduled for August 28, 2013.
Partnering with the Bergen County Law and Public Safety
Institute (BCLPSI), the daylong academy shows fraternity and sorority students
– an off-campus population that fire prevention programs often overlook – how
simple measures can prevent fires and save lives. The program is held at the
BCLPSI’s Life Safety Complex, which houses live fire-training simulators.
“This program is the first of its kind in New Jersey,” says
Ferrara, a past chief of the Lyndhurst, N.J. fire department and member of the
Center for Campus Fire Safety Board of Directors. “It reflects Montclair
State’s progressive stance on fire prevention and education.” The University
has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to
perfect the pilot program and share it with other colleges and universities.
“Being included on the Fire Safety Honor Roll proves that
the efforts of my department and the University’s commitment are being
recognized on a national level,” says Ferrara.
Read The Princeton Review’s press release.