Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Northeast Massachusetts Homeland Security Region Advisory Council undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Campus Conflagration – A Response Coordination Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for representatives from local Fire Departments, Police Departments, Emergency Medical Services, North Shore Medical Center, Salem State University and other invited agencies to assess their capability to coordinate a unified response to a dormitory explosion and fire and to provide assistance to injured and displaced students.
On a cold, snowy Friday night in January, four students from Atlantic Hall decided to pull a prank on the residents of Marsh Hall. They decided to build and set off a smoke bomb near the HVAC system in Marsh Hall. This would cause everyone to have to evacuate into the cold and snow.
Part of their plan is to disable Marsh Hall’s sprinkler system because they believe that the smoke bomb will cause the sprinkler system to active and cause extensive water damage, which would get them in serious trouble.
At 11:57 PM, the four students enter Marsh Hall disabling the sprinkler system. They then walk up to the second floor where they set off the device. However, instead of just producing smoke, the device explodes igniting a fire.
The Campus Conflagration Exercise was conducted on June 23, 2014, at Salem State University in Salem Massachusetts.