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Program Teaches RAs Fire Safety

Residential Assistants at Binghamton University's housing communities have been brushing up on their fire safety skills.
Residential Assistants at Binghamton University's housing communities have been brushing up on their fire safety skills.

They recently took part in hands-on activities near College in the Woods on campus.

The RAs practiced putting out intense fires that the Vestal Fire Department lit through special devices.

There was also a smoke-room which had no visibility in it, so students could experience what a real fire could be like.

B.U. and the Vestal Fire Department teamed up for the safety lessons.

"It's worth it because they get this real life experience. They can experience how to shoot a fire extinguisher, they can experience some smoke. You can't put a price tag on the experience they're getting here today," said James Rea, Fire Safety Assistant Specialist for the Environment of Health and Safety for B.U.

"We had some fire extinguisher training so if there was ever a fire, that caught them between themselves and their way of exit, that they could grab a fire extinguisher and be able to extinguish the fire enough to be able to exit the building safely," said John Paffie, the Vestal Assistant Fire Chief.

Most students return to B.U. for the fall semester later this week.
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