NEC Hosts Response Drill with Henniker Fire & Rescue
On Wednesday, March 27, the New England College Emergency Response Committee, in conjunction with the Henniker Fire & Rescue Department held a fire with hazardous material drill on the NEC campus to test, practice, and evaluate emergency response procedures.
“This was a great opportunity for the town departments and area emergency responders to practice at the College,” said Chief Keith Gilbert, Henniker Fire Department. “By working together we were able to identify issues and debrief as a community so we can operate more efficiently during a real situation.”
Lessons learned include securing a controlled location for the information officer to be able to send messages to the community in a timely manner, including input from building coordinators throughout campus, and structuring plans customized for the building in question.
“I was very pleased with the outcome of the drill and the way it was conducted,” said Bill Christiano, Director of Campus Safety at New England College. “We thank all the agencies, faculty, and staff for their participation.”
Lessons learned from the drill will be integrated into the College’s Emergency Response Guide, improving the speed and effectiveness of any future emergency response.