Ed Comeau is the publisher of the electronic newsletter Campus Firewatch, and has been very active in the field of campus fire safety. He has been involved in a number of DHS Fire Prevention and Safety grants relating to campus fire safety that have been awarded to the Clery Center for Security on Campus, the Michael H. Minger Foundation, the Center for Campus Fire Safety and the People’s Burn Foundation. He has also been very active on a number of grant projects for the Vision 20/20 project, the National Association of Fire Marshals and the International Association of Fire Fighters. Mr. Comeau was chief fire investigator for the National Fire Protection Association and conducted investigations of a number of major incidents, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Kobe, Japan earthquake, the airport terminal fire in Düsseldorf, Germany, the English Channel Tunnel fire and the Gothenburg, Sweden disco fire.
Before joining NFPA, Mr. Comeau was a fire protection engineer for the Phoenix Fire Department where he helped organize the department’s Urban Search and Rescue program and developed training for the department’s technical rescue program. While earning his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts he was a member of the Amherst Fire Department.
Gail Minger has been a strong advocate for Campus safety, with an emphasis on campus fire and life safety since the death of her son, Michael, in an arson fire in his college residence hall in September of 1998.
Gail established the Michael H. Minger Memorial Foundation to address fire and life safety issues on college campuses across the nation. The Foundation has been awarded a number of DHS grants to facilitate the foundation work in this area, and started a national community service project for college students to work in their communities sharing fire safety information with their peers, the elderly, the disabled and others in need. Through privately raised funds, the Foundation presented it’s first documentary “9 Fires” on the reality of campus related fires and the film was given high reviews by the United States Fire Administration and is being used as a teaching tool for the National Fire Academy. Her work with safety information for students with mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities has also received great attention and is used by many universities for training purposes. Gail continues to work to improve college campus safety and raising awareness of the reality and devastating impact of campus related fires.