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“In a way it helps both of us (firefight-
ers and students) because it reminds us
about important safety precautions. We
want to get back to our families safely
just like you students do.”
With donations from Sutherlands,
firefighters constructed a mock dorm
room, which included everything from
typical dorm room furniture to posters,
articles of clothing, and notebooks.
Starting with a candle falling into a
trash can, the room was completely
engulfed in flames within two minutes.
After about three minutes, firefighters
extinguished the fire.
“I had no idea it could take only a few
minutes to completely burn a room,” said
Rachel Sennett
, a senior.
T.J. Green
, a freshman, said, “I think it
is an important event to see, and it puts
things in perspective.”
Paige Groves
, a sophomore, learned a
lot from the event, “After seeing how fast
the room burned down, I’m going to be
very cautious about not having any fire
hazards in my room.”
This is the second mock burn William
Woods and the FFD have teamed up on.
The first event was in 2008.
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Mock burn leaves
impression on students
By Andrea Weed ’11
Up in flames in less than two minutes—
that’s what happened to a mock dorm
room this fall—all in the name of keeping
William Woods University students safe.
The Fulton Fire Department (FFD)
conducted the mock burn of a typical
residence hall room at the fire station just
off campus.
Todd Gray
, firefighter, shared
useful facts, statistics, safety precautions,
and procedures with William Woods
students before the room was torched.
Liza Payne
, a senior, said she looked
forward to the mock burn because,
“I think this is an incredibly
informative event.”
James Strobel
, a freshman, said, “This
teaches us good fire safety and shows us
why it is so important to follow fire safety
“We wanted to do this to show people
what a fire is really capable of doing
because we want [students] to be safe,”
Tyler Ginnever
, FFD firefighter.
William Woods
provides assistance
to Joplin students
By Mary Ann Beahon
Paying for college could prove difficult
for those affected by the devastating and
destructive tornado that ripped through
Joplin May 22. Now William Woods
University is offering a helping hand.
WWU will provide 10 one-year,
tuition-free awards for residential students
from the southwest Missouri community.
The award will be available to students
entering William Woods in the fall of 2012.
The recipients must meet the university’s
entrance requirements and participate in
the LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving
and Developing) program.
“During what will continue to be a
challenging time for the Joplin residents
in the months to come, we are thrilled to
be able to take away a financial burden
for these 10 students during their first
year at William Woods,”
Sarah Munns
dean of admissions, said.
Interested students may contact Munns
(573) 592-4221 or (800) 995-3159,
ext. 4221.