By Sophie Lange, Assistant News Editor
On Sept. 14, Campus Safety held its annual Campus Safety Day. The event began in 2007 and was started by Life and Fire Safety Manager Ron Parr to familiarize Greek organizations with safety protocols. The event brings together the Gettysburg campus community to gain a better understanding of safety.
Emma Taylor, the campus safety officer who organized the event, said, “We’re very happy that all of the local departments come out and help us put on this event every year. It’s been a success every year.”
Taylor expressed excitement at the various campus community members that attended. This year, fraternities held their own table at the event.
“We’re happy that all the students come out and participate and that the fraternities have helped us by joining in and having a table this year to help promote safety on campus,” Taylor said. “It’s a team effort every year, and we love it. We have members of the community come out as well with their kids, and we enjoy having this event every year.”
The event featured different departments on campus and organizations from the surrounding community: Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the National Park Service, the Borough of Gettysburg Police Department, YWCA Hanover and the Gettysburg Fire Department.
Students in attendance were able to participate in a variety of activities such as the Smoke Tunnel, a simulation of a dorm with a kitchen fire; Stop the Bleed, in which students were taught how to use a tourniquet; and Cornhole while wearing beer goggles that simulated vision when the blood alcohol content is .25, approximately three times the legal limit.
Chief of the Borough of Gettysburg Police Department Rob Glenny has attended the event every year it has been held.
“I think events like this are great because it allows us to meet the residents and students, and for the students and residents to meet us,” Glenny said. “It’s just another part of the community-oriented policing that we love participating in.”