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Residence Life staff, students attend Fire Safety Academy

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana’s student and professional Residence Life staff learned a valuable lesson on Monday: how to save lives in the event of a fire.

The group spent four hours preparing to deal with fire related emergencies as part of the College’s first Fire Safety Academy. The course was taught by members of Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue with assistance from Augustana’s Department of Campus Safety.

After attending a course on fire safety, the group received hands-on training in the use of a fire extinguisher, evacuating a smoke-filled residence hall floor, and pulling a weighted mannequin to safety.

Professional fire fighters demonstrated a rescue from the eighth floor of Stavig Hall using a ladder truck, and also conducted a mock fire of two dorm rooms – one equipped with sprinklers and one without.

Shown above, right: A weighted mannequin is pulled to safety by a Residence Life student.

KELO-TV features Augustana Fire Safety Academy: