WLU Kicks Off Orientation Week With a Blaze

A fiery demonstration lead off part of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Orientation Week activities on the Brantford campus. Members of the Brantford Fire Department set fire to model bedrooms to underscore the importance of having alarms and safety plans, and how quickly fire can grow out of control.

The “room burn” demonstrations were organized by Laurier’s Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management department along with Laurier Students’ Union.

“It’s one thing to train people what to do, and what fire does and how dangerous it is, and how little time they have, and it’s another to show them.”

Rick Fraser,
WLU Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer

Rick Fraser, the Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer at WLU, describes the demonstration scene noting, the smoke detector went off in thirty-five seconds, which is only enough time to provide warning to get out of the building and evacuate. Fraser adds, the whole room was engulfed in less than 6 minutes.

“The standard response time in Brantford is roughly six minutes from call to the fire department to the front door”

Rick Fraser,
WLU Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer