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Firefighters to perform burn exercise today

Firefighters to perform burn exercise today

September 12th, 2018 by Jenny Gray in Local News

William Woods University plans on hosting a "controlled burn" event behind Serena Hall. Fulton firefighters will burn down a simulated dorm room to show students what to do during a fire.

Fulton firefighters will burn down a simulated dorm room today to show students what to do when the real thing happens.

The "controlled burn" event will be on the William Woods University campus at 3:45 p.m. on the green behind Serena Hall.

"Campus safety for our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a 24-7 priority at William Woods University," William Woods University President Jahnae H. Barnett said. "We are constantly assessing our procedures to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of campus safety and security best practices, which creates the best possible learning, teaching and living environment for our campus community."

In addition to this week's burn event, William Woods has instituted a number of measures designed to maximize safety and security in campus, including:

Woods Alert: A system of emergency notifications whereby the entire WWU community is instantly notified via email, phone call and text message when there is a crisis situation or severe weather alert. Woods Alert updates also appear on the WWU homepage, williamwoods.edu.

Strategically-placed security cameras stationed across campus, with a new camera installed this year, to allow campus safety staff the means to effectively monitor the entire campus at all times.

A system of call boxes posted throughout the campus. Each box contains a red button that calls 911 to contact the police, and a black button that contacts campus safety.

A mobile data terminal installed in the campus safety vehicle allowing officers to complete desk assignments, download important safety information and monitor the campus security cameras, all from inside the vehicle.

An Emergency Operations Planning committee, consisting of staff and faculty representatives, which is responsible for reviewing emergency operation plans. The team meets on a monthly basis to review emergency plans to ensure they are current, relevant and understandable.