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UCI Fire Safety Division wins national award for efforts to reduce false alarms

UC Irvine's Fire Safety Division recently received a Life Safety Achievement Award for its 2012 accomplishments from the National Association of State Fire Marshals' Fire Research & Education Foundation, in partnership with the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.

September 18, 2013

UC Irvine’s Fire Safety Division recently received a Life Safety Achievement Award for its 2012 accomplishments from the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ Fire Research & Education Foundation, in partnership with the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. The honor was bestowed based upon the campus’s efforts to reduce the number of false alarms to which the Orange County Fire Authority was responding. By working with OCFA, UC Irvine was able to track and identify antiquated fire alarm systems. Once they were replaced, OCFA’s overall number of false-alarm runs dropped 45 percent. “We are honored to be the only agency in California and the only university to receive this honor,” said Dale Saunders, UC Irvine’s campus fire marshal. A branch of Environmental Health & Safety, the Fire Safety Division is responsible for fire safety in residences, labs and other university buildings. It also monitors and inspects fire suppression equipment and conducts chemical inventories.