Lincoln, NE-- Knowing how to escape a burning building is important, and Saturday Zeta Psi of Wesleyan University raised awareness for their Greek family and campus.
President of Zeta Psi, Paul Hubert said, “We’re holding a fire drill here for all Greek on campus and campus itself, to promote campus safety. If they’re ever in a fire to get some training behind their belt.”
Fire officials say that collages and campuses are more susceptible to fires because of their age, having parties, and them being away from home. To prepare students, they underwent a fire simulation.
“We turn down lights, obstacles, and try to get them in the mind frame how do I act if there’s a fire in the building I’m at,” said Rick Campos of the Lincoln Fire Investigators.
Minus the heat, officials say this simulation is the closest recreation of an actual fire and needs to be practiced often.
In November 2006, a 19-year-old student was killed in a fire at another Wesleyan’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Since then, other fraternities like Zeta Psi want to keep their home safe and prevent tragedies.
“We weren't here when that happened so we don’t know details, but we feel fortunate that we hold training that if that were to happen in the future, we feel ready for it,” said Hubert.
The best advice that fire fighters have to keep safe:
“Crawl low in smoke, have a fire safety plan, and practice it. Have working smoke detectors on every level of house and sleeping area,” said Campos.
With these fire drills, fire fighters hope that students will retain the information and pass it down to their family and friends.
To request a fire drill simulation, call the fire department.