Firefighters are the newest group of students on Transylvania campus

06/06/2015 09:02 AM

LEXINGTON – Sixty firefighters and 20 instructors are on the campus of Transylvania University this weekend to take part in fire training drills at two residence halls which are slated for demolition on Monday.

Firefighters from around Kentucky as well as surrounding states are being trained in search and rescue, entry tactics and other firefighting skills at the Clay and Davis residence halls, which will be replaced by two new residence facilities slated to open in 2016.

The exercises are part of the 86th annual Kentucky State Fire School.

Lexington Fire Department Captain Arthur Ashley says that the use of the dorms gives firefighters a unique opportunity to practice drills in a real multistory building.

“It being a five-story building, you’re not fighting it from the ground,” Ashley said. “You have to go to above ground floors, you have to use ladders, aerial ladders, you have to make rescues out windows, you have long hallways, you have lots of rooms to be searched.

Gregg Muravchick, Transylvania’s Department of Public Safety Chief of Police says that it gives the university an opportunity to continue its close relationship with public entities like the fire department.

“It’s developing partnerships within the community and we’re trying to develop that positive community relationship,” Muravchick said.


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