Fire department to train at Boise State Towers Hall

Fire department to train at Boise State Towers Hall

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Morrison Center Fire Devin Ferrell
The Morrison Center was not permanently damaged. (Devin Ferrell)

The Boise Fire Department will be conducting training at the Boise State Towers residence hall on May 19-23 and again on the 29.

Motorists and pedestrians in the area may see lots of fire trucks gathered and even some simulated smoke. They are encouraged not be be alarmed as this is all part of the training exercise. Signs will be posted notifying passersby that there training is occurring.

Students and staff who hold parking permits for the Towers Lot will not be displaced The lot will remain open but certain sections will be roped off for the use of fire personnel.  Fire parking will be mainly in the west sections of the lot.

There will be three sessions per day at rough 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Different trucks and personnel will cycle through each session. The exercise is meant to train the fire department on how to handle a fire in a high-rise building.

According to a press release sent by Boise State there will be four main areas of focus for the training exercise: communications, accountability, basic tactics and lobby functions. Lobby functions primarily “controlling building systems and identifying and establishing means of travel in the building (stairways, elevators, etc).”

 Some members of the University Housing Staff will also participate in the training. 

Emily Pehrson
Emily Pehrson is working as the managing editor for The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson