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August 26th, 2011
Texas State RAs playing with fire

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More than 130 resident assistants from Texas State University learned fire safety from San Marcos firefighters this month during RA Fire Academy. PHOTO by DON ANDERS


Texas State University resident hall assistants extinguished real fires and practiced evacuating a dorm filled with stage smoke during training exercises organized by the San Marcos Fire department.

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San Marcos firefighter Dustin Miller helps Tim Aplin, a resident assistant at Texas State University, gear up for RA Fire Academy. PHOTO by TREY HATT

The resident assistant Fire Academy included three training stations for the more than 130 students. Firefighter taught classes entitled “The Consequences of Fire,” “Fire Extinguisher Training,” and a smoke evacuation exercise.

The resident assistant Fire Academy is hosted before the spring and fall semesters by San Marcos Fire Department Capt. Howie Minor.

“The most important thing the RAs can take away from the training is understanding the importance of notifying the fire department promptly in the event of an emergency and evacuating the buildings completely,” Minor said.

Those interested in learning about fire safety or fire department training events may contact Jana Green at (512) 805-2660.

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