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BU Students Get Hands-On Fire Lesson

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

"What we are simulating here is a fire in a building, in one of the dorms," said First Assistant Chief of the Vestal Fire Department John Paffie.

As part of emergency training for Resident Assistants and Resident Directors, these dorm leaders hit the ground and tried to make their way to safety in a smoke-filled hallway.

"If you lose someone's ankle you're kind of stuck there. If it was real you'd probably be dead," said BU senior and Resident Assistant Israt Ahmed.

"They have a hand on the person in front of them to the ankle. And they're actually communicating. The person in the very front is communicating as he's going down the hallway saying what he's finding - windows, doors," said Paffie.

"When we crawl through it it's a little intense because you can't see anything. But other than that it's not that that bad because you have people that you can trust in front of you and behind you," said Ahmed.

"In a real fire that's what's going to happen. Smoke is going to rise, they're going to be able to crawl to their hands and knees and they're going to crawl out safely," said Paffie.

Aside from showing students how to navigate dangerous halls, firefighters displayed sprinkler systems and gave the students hands-on training with fire extinguishers.

"So far everything has been wonderful. The fire extinguisher part that was amazing. That's the first time I've ever seen fire and put it out in real life," said Resident Assistant Desborne Villaruel.

All of this was in an effort to make sure these students can lead others to safety in the event of an emergency. Doing so could save lives.

"For us to come on the scene if we had a fire at this building, for me to come in here and the (Resident Assistant) or (Resident Director) to come out and meet me at the door and say , 'Everyone is out of the building safely,'" said Paffie.

****In Vestal, Jason Weinstein, Fox 40 HD News****

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