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Igniting Summer Learning for Local Students

CINCINNATI, Ohio (June 30, 2011) – Rumpke Corporate Safety and the Cincinnati Fire
Department (CFD) are making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) Education programs sizzle this summer as they introduce the Fire
Logistics & Math Education (FLAME) program to area high school students during
sessions at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. today at Teachers Corner at Clifton and Calhoun on the
University of Cincinnati campus.

Forty-five freshmen from Milford, Deer Park and Mt. Healthy schools will participate in
Rumpke’s FLAME program. FLAME was introduced in 2010 by the Rumpke Corporate
Safety Department as a method to bring hands-on, outside the classroom, math lessons
to high school students. FLAME is a free, teacher-reviewed program that assists in
meeting state education objectives. It adds a new twist to Algebra 1 level lessons,
requires approximately 1.5 hours to complete and can be altered to meet scheduling
demands.

“Rumpke’s known for keeping communities clean, but a big part of the Rumpke tradition
involves becoming active members of the communities we serve. FLAME is a vehicle
that helps us stay engaged and helps us offer our future leaders a positive learning
experience,” said Larry Stone, Director of Corporate Safety at Rumpke.

The CFD will team with Rumpke to add an interactive element to the program. Rumpke
personnel and CFD firefighters will use fire hose pressure calculations to challenge the
students to apply learned math skills to real-life or on the job duties. This FLAME
component gives fire departments a chance to get involved in local learning as well.
“The Cincinnati Fire Department is excited and honored to partner with Rumpke on the
FLAME Program, which is an inventive educational initiative. The Program allows
students the opportunity to see how CFD firefighters apply their math skills on a daily
basis and how their knowledge is critical to meeting the safety needs of our community”
stated Fire Chief Richard Braun.

The educational sessions are offered through the Freshman Challenge Summer
Program, a four-week educational program created by the Great Oaks Institute of
Technology, the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the University of Cincinnati. The
program’s goal is to provide a positive start to the high school experience, therefore
further encouraging high school graduation. The program, not only promotes STEM
education and STEM careers, but also offers some students their first high school
science credits.

About Rumpke: Rumpke’s Corporate Safety Department offers a variety of public
safety programs including Slow Down To Get Around, Students Against Crashes and
Fire Logistics & Math Education. Interested educators can visit www.rumpke.com for
more details.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods
and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste
disposal solutions. Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, Rumpke is one of the
nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms,
providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke
divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas
Group, Rumpke Hydraulics, Rumpke Haul-it-Away and Rumpke Park. Please visit
www.rumpke.com for more information.

About the Cincinnati Fire Department: The Cincinnati Fire Department was organized
in 1853 and is the nation’s oldest fully paid professional fire department. Its mission is to
protect lives and property and minimize the suffering of those served during
emergencies. The CFD is a professional full-service, career-oriented, urban fire
department that provides fire prevention, fire suppression, first responder emergency
medical services, Advanced Life Support (ALS) transport, arson investigation, hazardous
devices and hazardous material incidents response to the seventy-seven square miles
of the City of Cincinnati.

About the Freshman Challenge Summer Program: The Freshman Challenge
Summer Program is a four-week program created by a partnership among the Great
Oaks Institute of Technology, the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the University of
Cincinnati. The program experiences provide many opportunities to immerse urban
eighth-graders in the STEM disciplines.

The program includes both formal and informal activities with the focus on STEM
education at the University of Cincinnati’s main campus, Raymond Walters College and
the Cincinnati Nature Center. The students will participate in three strands: scientific
inquiry, engineering and engineering design and finally, the combination of both inquiry
and engineering together.

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