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EVSC hosts fire safety training for staff members

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:04 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Staff members with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation participated in fire safety training on Thursday.

The Evansville Fire Department taught custodians from across the corporation how to best respond if a fire broke out at one of their schools. Part of the training involved putting out a real fire after learning how to properly use an extinguisher.

Kevin Shelley is a fire life safety educator, and he says more than 3,200 fires happen at schools every year, making Thursday’s training critical for the well-being of students and staff.

”It’s important for the custodial staff to have this training - know how to use extinguishers, but also know what else to do in the event of a fire,” EFD Fire Life Safety Educator Kevin Shelley said. “And more importantly, it’s getting people out of the building and keeping everybody safe.”

EVSC officials say a small fire actually broke out at one of their schools this past spring, so they appreciate the partnership with the fire department to keep their employees trained.

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