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Campus Emergency Preparedness Day Activities include High Rise Rescue, 'After the Fire' Talk


In conjunction with national Emergency Preparedness Day, SUNY Plattsburgh’s Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a host of activities designed to demonstrate what to do and how to act in various emergency scenarios.

According to Michael Caraballo, SUNY Plattsburgh emergency management director, Campus Emergency Preparedness Day activities will be held in and around the Angell College Center Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and include demonstrations by New York State Electric and Gas, the Plattsburgh City Fire Department, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and more. 

At 12:30 p.m., the fire department will conduct a sixth-floor aerial rescue at Whiteface Hall and will supervise a mock dorm-room burn.

“The dorm-room fire is to show students how quickly fire could spread,” Caraballo said. “In the event of a fire, once the fire department gets the call, it takes two to three minutes for them to respond, get the hoses out and start attacking the fire. It might take that long for a little smoke to turn into a fully engulfed fire. It happens very quickly. The mock fire will show just how quickly.”

Other activities include K9 search and rescue demonstrations, a driving simulator, AED/CPR training and fire extinguisher training. The program continues at 7 p.m. in Yokum 200 with the presentation, “After the Fire,” a public talk given by Alvaro Llanosa and Shawn Simons, two men who were freshmen roommates at Seton Hall in 2000. In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 2000, a fire broke out in their dorm, and after realizing it was no false alarm, the pair crawled into the blaze and were severely burned. They now speak on the national state about their ordeal of being college burn victims, advocating for fire safety and prevention. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information on Campus Emergency Preparedness Day, contact Caraballo at 518-564-4950 or email michael.caraball[email protected]

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