Lakewood, Georgian Court U. Practice Response to Residence Hall Fire in Emergency Drill

For Immediate Release

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Gail Towns, 732.492.6957 or gtowns@georgian.edu       

Tara Strickland, 732.987.2291 or tstrickland@georgian.edu

Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department & Georgian Court Plan Disaster Drill

Lakewood, N.J., May 28, 2013—On Sunday, June 9, Georgian Court University and the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department will hold a disaster drill. The drill, which will simulate a residence hall fire situation, is one of LFD’s two required annual drills, and will include personnel from GCU, the LFD, the LFD Ladies Auxiliary, the Lakewood Township Emergency Medical Services Department, the Lakewood Volunteer First Aid Squad, and Station 24 of the Brick Township Fire Department. Members of the media are welcome to watch the drill, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. and be repeated several times to train multiple personnel, as well as listen to radio transmissions of emergency personnel. LFD will hold a debrief for media and all involved personnel in GCU’s North Dining Room at noon, after all of the drill rotations have been completed.

During the drill, Maria Hall, one of GCU’s three student residences, will be filled with smoke to simulate an actual fire. GCU students will be present in the hall as “victims,” and the drill will start with staff from GCU’s offices of Security, Residence Life, Student Life, Conferences and Special Events, as well as facilities personnel practicing response procedures. Once LFD and other emergency services agencies are on site, they will practice incident command. About 100 active participants will take part in the June 9 drill.

“Our firefighters will set up a command post and rehearse fire suppression techniques and searching and clearing the hall,” says LFD Assistant Chief Stephen McNamara. “First Aid and EMS will also be on hand to practice injury assessment and transport of ‘victims’ for further medical treatment.”

He notes that drills like this keep everyone involved prepared in the event of an actual situation like a residence hall fire.

“Georgian Court and the Lakewood Volunteer Department have always enjoyed a mutual coordination of efforts in any emergency situation,” says GCU Security Chief Thomas Zambrano. “This drill will only enhance cooperation with all involved.”

 

 

About the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department

The Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1888. There are currently 69 active firefighters and fire police members in the volunteer fire department. The Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department consists of five fire companies: Station 64, also known as Engine Co #1, 119 First Street; Station 65 also known as Rescue Co #2, 1350 Lanes Mills Road; Station 66 also known as Jr. Hose Co #3, 976 New Hampshire Avenue; Station 66-1 also known as Jr. Hose Co #3 170 Lafayette Blvd.; Station 67 also known as Reliance Hose Co #4, 300 River Avenue; Station 68 also known as Hook & Ladder Co #1, 733 Cedarbridge Avenue; and Department and Fire Police Station, 40 Clover Street. Volunteers are always needed.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.