Fire drill_Maria Hall, a set on Flickr.
ON WHAT SEEMED TO BE A CLEAR, SUNNY SUMMER MORNING at Georgian Court, all of a sudden there was commotion. And then fire trucks and medical personnel—-all in preparation for disaster on campus.
About 45 firefighters and first responders participated in a June 9 emergency drill, which simulated a residence hall fire on the second floor of Maria Hall, home to about 210 sophomores and juniors. The 9:40 a.m. general alarm drew a GCU security officer to the scene, who was unresponsive by the time firefighters arrived.
There were multiple live victims who needed oxygen and first aid, and at least one burn victim who had to be evacuated by a helicopter; two other victims were discovered unconscious in a bathroom and in a dormitory room, and one firefighter was trapped when a ceiling collapsed. This activated the FAST team rescue unit from nearby Brick—the unit that is responsible solely for rescuing fire personnel.
After 45 minutes, the “fire” was contained and everyone was removed safely from the building.