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Classes were cancelled on the Chalon Campus Thursday, Oct. 23, due to a brush fire, but the College resume normal operations on Friday.

Chalon Campus Escapes Fire

Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that broke out near the Chalon Campus early Thursday morning. The fire started about 12:50 am, just west of the 405 near Getty Center Drive. College officials and campus security closely monitored the situation throughout the night in order to prepare for any necessary steps as a result of the fire. Fortunately, campus residents did not have to be evacuated.

All Chalon classes were cancelled for the day, but resumed on Friday. The College first learned of the fire from Lt. Mark McCowen, a campus security guard on patrol who noticed an orange glow on the hillside above campus. Lt. McCown immediately called Michael McFatridge, director of campus security, who notified College officials and drove to campus. McFatridge was on the scene by 2 am.

Jose S. Cronenbold, Battalion Chief #11 from the Los Angeles Fire Department, commended McFatridge for his excellent service and help with the situation. McFatridge set up a relief station with bottled water and energy bars for the six engine companies stationed at the Chalon Campus.

The Colleges Food Service Department later served firefighters breakfast and lunch as they remained on campus throughout the day. The College community was notified of the fire and class cancellation through the mass emergency notification system. The system sent student, staff, and faculty updates through text messages to cell phones and college email accounts.

I thought we handled the situation exceptionally well, said McFatridge. It was a good collaborative effort between several departments: residence life, facilities, transportation, food service and others. Everyone did a great job.

The mass notification system is in place to inform the college community of any campus emergency or disaster which could impact college business. It is a voluntary program which allows those that sign up for this service to be notified of emergencies via email and/or text messages to their personal cell phone or college email address. There is no cost to sign up for the service and normal text messaging rates will be applied if and when the notification system is activated. To sign up, go to: /pages/5219.asp.

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