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Hartford Fire Dept. to Conduct Mock Dorm Room Fire to Highlight National Campus Fire Safety Month


Posted 09/21/2011
Posted by David Isgur

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The Hartford Fire Department (HFD), under the leadership of Fire Chief Edward Casares, Jr., in partnership with the University of Hartford, will be conducting a “Dormitory Burn Demonstration” on Thursday, Sept. 22, in parking lot K, weather permitting. As part of the demonstration, HFD will set fire to two mock dormitory rooms—one equipped with sprinklers and one without—to show how quickly a fire can spread when it is not suppressed and how much damage can be done.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will be on hand to watch the demonstration, as will University of Hartford officials.The burn demonstration will begin about 1 p.m., and the information sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. The mock dorm rooms will be set up in Parking Lot K (across from the Hartford Art School building) at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Click here for a campus map.

This will be the third year that HFD has partnered with a local college or university to present this kind of demonstration as part of National Campus Fire Safety Month. Before and after the burn demonstration, HFD and University of Hartford officials will be providing information to students about ways that they can reduce fire risks in their residences.

There will be two fire trucks — one to provide fire suppression and one on stand-by — taking part in the burn demonstration on the University of Hartford campus. HFD’s Special Services Unit will also be on-hand to provide fire safety information and to talk to anyone with fire safety-related questions.

Hartford Fire Department officials note that the city has experienced 146 fires in student residences since 2000, and many of those have occurred in off-campus housing or in fraternity/sorority housing.

For more information, contact HFD Captain James McLoughlin, PIO, at 860.757.4505 or McloJ001@hartford.gov.