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Breaking: Carroll evacuated in scheduled fire drill

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As part of a state mandated fire drill, Carroll Community College was evacuated on Thursday, March 20 at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Alan Schuman, Executive Vice President at Carroll, said, “The fire drill was scheduled at a time when there were many students on campus and when the weather was warmer.”

While students were outside, building monitors swept each of the campus buildings to make sure everyone was out and turned off classroom lights and closed doors. Once building monitors have gone through the buildings security performs a second sweep to double check that everyone has been evacuated.

Stevie Krumrine, Director of Risk Management, said that the school was “evacuated quickly.” She also added that preliminary results of the drill showed that it was a success. To be sure the drill was successful a survey of risk management team members must be conducted. The survey is performed after each fire drill and false alarm. It ensures that students and faculty were able to get out of the building quickly and heard the alarm.

The state mandate requires the college to perform at least one fire drill a year and the college’s insurance recommends two drills every year. Carroll will be doing scheduled fire drills during the spring and fall semesters.

While it may be an inconvenience for students to drop what they are doing and evacuate, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. James Ball said, “We have to do drills, and we have to do them when people are around.”

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