Sunday, September 24, 2006

U of C Greek Officers Attand Fire Academy

Boulder Fire Dept. holds Greek fire academy
By Rocky Mountain News September 22, 2006

The Boulder Fire Department will give fire safety training and education to more than 30 University of Colorado fraternity and sorority officers at the Fifth Annual Greek Fire Academy being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Boulder Regional Fire Training Center, 960 Lee Hill Road.

Boulder’s program teaches participants about fire behavior, evacuation strategies, fire extinguisher use and search and rescue techniques.

"The Greek Fire Academy empowers student leaders to have the skills necessary to ensure a safer environment in their Greek chapter house," said John Henderson, director of the CU Greek Liaison’s Office. "Hence, the program illustrates the importance of the strong partnership that has developed between the Boulder Fire Department and the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council Greek communities."

Students in the academy will be assigned to work in a "fire crew" that will be placed in situations that require teamwork and cooperation in simulated fire situations such as:
• A four-story evacuation simulation • A hose station requiring the student to connect a hose to a hydrant, pull hose from a truck and charge a water line • Fire extinguisher use on a live fire • A search and rescue station where students will retrieve a rescue mannequin from a building while wearing full firefighting gear.

For more information, contact Sherry Kenyon, Boulder’s fire safety education coordinator at 303-441-4355.