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The Michael H. Minger Foundation was founded after the death of Michael Minger in an arson fire at Murray State University in Kentucky. The Minger Foundation promotes Campus Fire and Life Safety through education, always knowing two ways out of any building, the use and importance of working smoke alarms, and the importance of living with automatic fire sprinklers.  Why did the FFD do “Dump the Dorms 2014” and “Dorm Burn 2015”…. in the hope that another Mother never need write the letter below. http://www.mingerfoundation.org/
A Letter to Michael This morning as the light started shining in my room and I began to wake up , tears started rolling down my face. So many years after losing you to a heinous act by the hands of another, that unbearable ache just radiates through me, missing you, your voice, your laughter, that infectious smile that both you and your twin sister, Melissa, have.  We just had our golf tournament in your honor. It was a great success. You would really like the guys and gals that come together for this event. They all support the work of your foundation and although they never met you, they know the essence of you and remember you with warmth and love during this special time.  Mom is still at it, working to find answers to how we can better protect our nation’s college students. We just lost two other young men to campus fires in the first few weeks of this school year… they along with Kerry Rose, Julie, Andrea, Liz, Ben, Dominick, Amos, John, Kevin, Eva, Andrew, and so many others have joined you in the company of heaven. You were such a blessing, Michael, and you continue to bless my life by bringing interesting and caring people from all walks of life into it. Many parents who share the same pain of losing their child, many who have been so devastated by fire and many who work to help change things for the better. We still have so much to do. Danny thinks of you often. We have lunch together and he calls every year on your birthday and death day and also on the holidays. He grew into such a wonderful young man and has never forgotten your kindness to him…he thinks of you as his brother.  Your twin sister, Melissa is all that you knew she would be. She is an amazing young woman. She just bought her dental practice out in California. Yes, she has spread her wings and is a California girl now. Mom and Dad gave her a gift from you for her new practice. Even though you could irritate her from time to time, I know how much you loved one another. It was a beautiful thing to see, my two children so close and supportive of each other. Best friends.  As this day took shape, I began thinking of your last day of life so many years ago, were you having a good day, enjoying being back at school…what did you have for breakfast, dinner. I know a lot about that day…I know you worked on your audio visual project for journalism class until late, then you watched Thursday night college football highlights, and went to bed with your boom box playing the Ave Maria CD. I also know that you were so brave that night when you were awakened by the smell, sound, and heat of the fire that took your life. You put towels under your door to keep the smoke out, but it didn’t work, it was pouring in from all directions. I know it must have been so scary for you, but you were fighting hard to save yourself from the evil, careless act of another. I wish so much I could have been there to help you escape the horror of that night, but God had a different plan. Please know that mom will not give up on doing what I know you would expect of me and that is to help others and to spread the word about campus safety.  It is a hard day, but know that I smile though my tears just remembering the amazing young man that you were, and how you inspired so many others. I miss you so much and I will love you forever. Mom (Gail Minger)

The Michael H. Minger Foundation was founded after the death of Michael Minger in an arson fire at Murray State University in Kentucky. The Minger Foundation promotes Campus Fire and Life Safety through education, always knowing two ways out of any building, the use and importance of working smoke alarms, and the importance of living with automatic fire sprinklers.
Why did the FFD do “Dump the Dorms 2014” and “Dorm Burn 2015”…. in the hope that another Mother never need write the letter below. http://www.mingerfoundation.org/

A Letter to Michael
This morning as the light started shining in my room and I began to wake up , tears started rolling down my face. So many years after losing you to a heinous act by the hands of another, that unbearable ache just radiates through me, missing you, your voice, your laughter, that infectious smile that both you and your twin sister, Melissa, have.
We just had our golf tournament in your honor. It was a great success. You would really like the guys and gals that come together for this event. They all support the work of your foundation and although they never met you, they know the essence of you and remember you with warmth and love during this special time.
Mom is still at it, working to find answers to how we can better protect our nation’s college students. We just lost two other young men to campus fires in the first few weeks of this school year… they along with Kerry Rose, Julie, Andrea, Liz, Ben, Dominick, Amos, John, Kevin, Eva, Andrew, and so many others have joined you in the
company of heaven. You were such a blessing, Michael, and you continue to bless my life by bringing interesting and caring people from all walks of life into it. Many parents who share the same pain of losing their child, many who have been so devastated by fire and many who work to help change things for the better. We still have so much to do.
Danny thinks of you often. We have lunch together and he calls every year on your birthday and death day and also on the holidays. He grew into such a wonderful young man and has never forgotten your kindness to him…he thinks of you as his brother.
Your twin sister, Melissa is all that you knew she would be. She is an amazing young woman. She just bought her dental practice out in California. Yes, she has spread her wings and is a California girl now. Mom and Dad gave her a gift from you for her new practice. Even though you could irritate her from time to time, I know how much you loved one another. It was a beautiful thing to see, my two children so close and supportive of each other. Best friends.
As this day took shape, I began thinking of your last day of life so many years ago, were you having a good day, enjoying being back at school…what did you have for breakfast, dinner. I know a lot about that day…I know you worked on your audio visual project for journalism class until late, then you watched Thursday night college football highlights, and went to bed with your boom box playing the Ave Maria CD. I also know that you were so brave that night when you were awakened by the smell, sound, and heat of the fire that took your life. You put towels under your door to keep the smoke out, but it didn’t work, it was pouring in from all directions. I know it must have been so scary for you, but you were fighting hard to save yourself from the evil, careless act of another. I wish so much I could have been there to help you escape the horror of that night, but God had a different plan. Please know that mom will not give up on doing what I know you would expect of me and that is to help others and to spread the word about campus safety.
It is a hard day, but know that I smile though my tears just remembering the amazing young man that you were, and how you inspired so many others. I miss you so much and I will love you forever.
Mom (Gail Minger)

One of our Inspectors attended fireworks safety training in Plaster Rock this past weekend. Learning inspection standards to keep you safe while viewing your next fireworks show. We have two trained Inspectors that attend every fireworks show to make sure all standards and safety measures are followed.

One of our Inspectors attended fireworks safety training in Plaster Rock this past weekend. Learning inspection standards to keep you safe while viewing your next fireworks show. We have two trained Inspectors that attend every fireworks show to make sure all standards and safety measures are followed.

FFD Fire Inspectors are out checking all @Harvest_Blues venues tonight. #keepingyousafe while your having fun!

FFD Fire Inspectors are out checking all @Harvest_Blues venues tonight. #keepingyousafe while your having fun!

Kidde Recalls Residential Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms - Recalls & alerts - Healthy Canadians Website

Burn the Dorm 2014. A demo to promote Fire Safety and show how effective Sprinkler systems can be. This demo took place Wednesday at 6pm on the Quad at UNB. Our partners were IBC, CASA, Kidde Canada, Troy Life and Fire and UNB, STU and NBCC. Thanks to all the sponsors and UNB Security for there amazing commitment and assistance to this important demo. All photos attributed to JPOC Photography @JPOCPHOTO

FFD Remembering the firefighters who never got to finish their shifts, and all those who lost their lives #911anniversary

#dormburn2014 went amazing. Huge UNB, Stu and NBCC crowd. What amazing proof of sprinkler systems keeping us safe. Thanks to all our partners IBC, CASA, Troy sprinklers and Kidde.

Dorm Burn 2014 in the Quad at UNB tonight. Food, Fire, Sun and Firefighters. What else do you need? A personal invite? Here it is….. Come one, come all. 6pm tonight.

Dorm Burn 2014 in the Quad at UNB tonight. Food, Fire, Sun and Firefighters. What else do you need? A personal invite? Here it is….. Come one, come all. 6pm tonight.

6pm tonight at the UNB Quad. Come by for Snacks and to see this valuable #FireSafety demo!

6pm tonight at the UNB Quad. Come by for Snacks and to see this valuable #FireSafety demo!

Sep 4

Fire Department Partners with Universities, Insurance Bureau of Canada and Others for Burn the Dorm 2014

On Wednesday, September 10th, at 6:00 p.m. the Fredericton Fire Department will be partnering with a number of organizations and businesses for Burn the Dorm 2014. It will take place in the courtyard area, below the Student Union Building on the UNB Campus.

The event is proudly presented in partnership with Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), UNB Security, St. Thomas University, NBCC Fredericton, Kidde United Technologies, Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd., and the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association.

Fire is a serious concern for the Campus Community, as well as the residents, as homes are where our citizens and students are most vulnerable. More than 80% of all fire-related deaths occur at home

To help students and residents understand how dangerous home fires truly are and to inform them of the steps they can take to stay safer, we will be presenting a dramatic side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration.

The Fire Department will be constructing two fire demonstration units for this live burn – both will have smoke alarms and one will have a fire sprinkler system installed to demonstrate the life-saving difference this vital protection makes when fire strikes.

“We are proud to join with our partners in fire safety to present this demonstration of the destruction that fire can cause in a dorm room,” said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic IBC. “We all have a responsibility to prevent fires where possible to keep our friends and neighbors safe. Events such as this serve as a reminder that an ounce of prevention can help save lives, homes and irreplaceable keepsakes

Thanks to IBC, Kidde United and Technologies, and Troy Life & Fire, 150 smoke alarms will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, for those that register to have them installed by the Fire Department.

Media are invited to attend the event as well, and there will be an opportunity for interviews, and more information following the event.