Paul Smith’s College to bolster its fire safety efforts for students on campus

— The college’s new fire-safety officer will be responsible for conducting fire-safety training for the campus community and designing programs to reduce unnecessary alarms. Over the past several years, the college has already implemented several ways of doing that; the fire department responded to campus an average of 2.3 times a month between June 2012 and May 2013, compared to 5.7 times a month between June 2009 and May 2010.

“I am very happy that the college and town have come to an agreement to the avoidable alarm law issues,” said Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Smith. “I feel the additional campus safety officers will be a good solution to keeping down the number of responses by the fire department to unnecessary alarms on campus, while not jeopardizing the safety of the students or faculty.”

The 24-hour dispatch post is a new addition to campus. At present, a dispatcher is on duty during the business day; calls go directly to campus safety officers during overnight hours.

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