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Karen Facey '98
Karen Facey '98
Fire Marshal, Town of New Milford

When she began volunteering at her local fire department at the age of 16, Karen Facey, ’98 B.S., didn’t realize she was taking the first step toward a rewarding profession. “None of my relatives had worked as a firefighter,” she says, “yet I had my parents’ full support, and I was ready to explore a field that interested me.”

Fire sciences ignited a passion in her, and Karen, now fire marshal for the town of New Milford, Conn., sought a degree program that could further her career. After comparing the University of New Haven’s fire science curriculum to other universities’ programs, she knew UNH was the right place for her. “There were few such programs in the country,” says Karen, “and UNH, which was close to home, had a great reputation.”

What Motivates:

As fire marshal, Karen is responsible for enforcing codes, inspecting facilities and investigating fires, among other duties. She has supervised several student interns from UNH, and she sees, firsthand, that the University continues to provide a superior education.

“UNH is still very much in the field, providing valuable experiential education to the students,” says Karen. “They have stayed on the cutting edge, and that means graduates better understand many aspects of fire sciences.”

Why She Helps:

Part of her job is educating the public, so guest lecturing at UNH in undergraduate and graduate classes was a natural extension that benefits her alma mater. In addition to making gifts to the fire sciences program, Karen serves as vice president of the Alumni Board. “I gained a great deal from my UNH education,” she says. “I have a young family, and I’m juggling a lot, but UNH is a ‘must-contribute’ charitable organization for me.”