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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

SCCC Hosts Juvenile Fire Setting Prevention Seminar and Fire Safety Education Awards Ceremony

Lawrence Dawson (center) was this year's recipient of the Melvin E. Bartlett Sr. Fire Safety Education Award. He is shown above with (l. to r.) Dr. Quintin Bullock, SCCC President; Robert Cole, President of Fireproof Children Prevention First; Don Reksc, Hagaman Fire Chief; Bonnie Dawson, Lawrence's wife; Michael Bartlett and Winnie Bartlett, son and wife of the late Melvin E. Bartlett, longtime fire protection faculty member at SCCC for whom the award is named; and Dr. David Hennessy, Dean of the SCCC School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law.

More than 65 firefighters, fire department chiefs, state and local fire investigators, public and not-for-profit social services employees, educators, family court employees, governmental leaders and others participated in a juvenile fire setting prevention and intervention seminar at Schenectady County Community College on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

Fireproof Children Prevention First, a company based in Pittsford, N.Y., led a two-part informational seminar including information on family factors related to fire play, prevention education programming for pre-school children to students in higher education institutions and exemplary community models for responsiveness to fire setting.

Also, SCCC presented the annual Melvin E. Bartlett Sr. Fire Safety Education Award during a luncheon in the Van Curler Room. The recipient of this year's award was Lawrence Dawson, Firefighter, EMT and Public Fire/Life Safety Educator with the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department. Lawrence is a Team Leader for the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department Fire Prevention Team and instrumental in the Kids Safety House Program which utilizes a specially designed trailer to teach fire safety to children. Last year the department presented the program to 1,800 children and adults.

SCCC offers degree programs in Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology, as well as a certificate program in Fire Science. To learn more about the fire prevention seminar and awards ceremony, please contact William Van Hoesen, of the SCCC Student Affairs Division, at (518) 381-1478 or (518) 227-3034.


One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit

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