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Oct. 3, 2006

Blair conducts first fire drill of the school year

by Maya Calabrese, Online Managing Editor
Blazers participated in the first fire drill of the school year after receiving their IDs during a special homeroom today between periods one and three. This was the first evacuation not monitored by former safety coordinator Mark Curran, who left his job at the end of last year.

According to building services coordinator Jim Funk, the evacuation time was deemed unnecessary for this drill and therefore was not recorded. "The fire drill was more because the students got their IDs and we wanted to let them have an idea of where their emergency locations were," said Funk.

Since Curran accepted a position at the new Poolesville magnet program, there has been no one to oversee the fire drills. Several staff members have been in charge of parts of his job while administrators search for someone to fill the role permanently. "We are trying to find an individual to take on the task," said Funk. "Some have shown interest."

Despite Curran's absence, no glitches occurred during the drill.

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  • ... on October 3, 2006 at 6:23 PM
    this wasnt the first firedrill of the year. 8th period students had one last month already..
  • * on October 3, 2006 at 7:56 PM
    all i have to say is that the bleachers are way too crowded. what happened to making some students stand on the field? aren't overcrowded bleachers a hazard?
  • '09 Magnet on October 3, 2006 at 9:10 PM
    We miss you Curran!
  • Alex L. on October 3, 2006 at 9:31 PM
    That was some quick posting Maya! Great job!
  • Ginny Lee (View Email) on October 3, 2006 at 11:18 PM
    In all honesty...
    at the rate that we were taking...if there was a real fire already, we would have died already.

    But oh well. Good attempt anyways.
  • Rediculous on October 4, 2006 at 4:16 PM
    I didnt even get to where i was supposed to be sitting it was so slow. this certainly speaks well for the students safety during a real emergency!
  • unknown on October 5, 2006 at 10:21 PM
    I completely agree with Ginny and Ridiculous. What if this were a real emergency? What if there was no access to the football field/bleachers?
    I just fail to see this working in any real emergency situation, although I do understand that with 2,900 students it can be a problem. I suggest people re-think the system...
  • Capt. J Johnson, BSC (Ret.) on October 7, 2006 at 8:24 PM
    As the former captain of the Blair Safety Committee, I am disapointed to hear that the student squad has fallen apart. We worked hard to make things run smooth for the students and act as a bridge between students and staff.
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