Before students returned to campus in late July at the end of summer break, the CIA held its 8th annual Residential Life Fire Academy on the Hyde Park campus. The CIA’s program was the first of its kind in New York State and is held each year in conjunction with the Roosevelt Fire District and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
The session involved five hours of college fire safety classroom learning and hands-on training. The CIA’s Residential Life staff learned how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, escape a smoke-filled building, and control a medical-related event while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.
In addition to learning skills that could one day save the life of a CIA student, the program has an added benefit of strengthening
the relationship between the college and its local volunteer fire department.
Each year, more than 50 Resident Assistants (RAs), Residence Directors (RDs), and other Residential Life staff attend the training to truly become partners for the safety of students living in on-campus housing. Then, in September, the entire campus community is involved in a week of learning during National Campus Fire Safety Month.
“The Annual Residential Life Fire Academy is just one example of dedication to the health, safety and welfare of the students, faculty and staff and visitors of The Culinary Institute of America,” says CIA Environmental and Safety Supervisor Neil Garrison.