Keeping students safe

By Erika Mahoney
By Matt Hicks
By Matt Porter

August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As Binghamton University students get ready for another year, residential assistants are making sure they're ready to keep students safe.

The Vestal Fire Department taught the RAs about what to do in case of various scenarios involving fire.

The students learned how to properly use fire extinguishers and brushed up on code violation knowledge.

"Some of them are familiar, they're returning students from last year and they've done this before, but some of them are new, and it is new to them, especially going through the smoke filled room. It's extremely new to them," said Vestal Fire Assistant Chief John Paffie.

"Before this I didn't know all of the equipment on the trucks, what a room looked like, how quickly fires come and go. It was very informative," said RA Andrew Vaccaro.

Paffie said this learning experience is important because the RAs are the first line of defense in case there is a fire.

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