Lessons Learned from a Community College Fire

Join Campus Safety magazine for an insider's view of how Lorain County Community College persevered despite this devastating campus blaze.

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At 5:20 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2009, a Lorain County Community College (LCCC) security officer responded to a fire alarm in the school’s business center. He soon discovered that a fire had been set in the tunnel beneath the building by a student.

The resulting blaze took four hours to extinguish and caused approximately $1 million in flame and smoke damage to the business building, as well as several other structures connected by the campus underground tunnel system. The campus was closed for seven days so work crews could clean up the buildings and move classes and offices.

In our latest podcast, Campus Safety magazine talks with LCCC Director of Campus Security Keith Brown about the lessons he and his department learned as a result of this incident. Topics covered include evacuations, emergency notification, incident command, traffic control cooperation with other agencies, managing the media, disaster recovery, business continuity and apprehending the alleged arsonist.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach. Twitter: @RobinHattSmiles www.LinkedIn.com/In/RobinHattersleyGray
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