The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to an activated smoke alarm at Turkey Hill School today at 11:21 a.m.
When the firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of the alarm, all of the children and staff already had been evacuated and were standing outside in the 34-degree temperature.
First responders dropped the incoming fire personnel down to non-emergency response, and one of the fire officers went inside with the principal to investigate the reason for the alarm activation (in the kitchen area).
A few minutes later the fire engines were released one-by-one to return to their designated stations.
This was a false alarm, but thankfully, the fire drills that the schools regularly conduct helped everything run smoothly.
Principal Stephen Bergin, the teachers and students all deserve praise for their seamless actions in what could have been a real emergency situation; and to our volunteer firefighters who dropped everything and responded to the school in less than 5 minutes.