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Cooper residents learn safety tactics

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Brazil City Fire Department and the Brazil Housing Authority have selected a colorful new way to ensure the safety of Cooper Towers residents in the event of a fire or other emergency, B.C.F.D. Chief Tobey Archer told the City Council Tuesday.

The department will implement a color-coding system to help them assess special needs among Cooper Towers residents. The tags will allow firefighters and other rescue workers to identify residents who might require assistance in the event of a fire or other emergency. Name tags attached to the doors of apartments in each of the Cooper high-rises will indicate the specific impairments of each resident by color.

"That way, we can just go down the hallway and see who might need assistance," Archer said.

Residents will be assigned one of the following color-coded classifications:

-Orange-- hearing-impaired

-Red-- sight-impaired

-Green-- respiratory-impaired (oxygen dependent)

-Blue-- mobility-impaired

Archer said the Cooper Towers represent a unique challenge for fire and rescue personnel. The towers provide specialized units for residents with limited mobility on the ground floor of each facility. But demand for affordable senior housing is high, and state guidelines meant to protect the disabled from discrimination also allow a number of limited-mobility residents to live in the upper floors of the towers.

"Some wheelchair-bound residents live as high as the eighth floor," Archer said.

Archer pointed out several ways high-rise residents can alert firefighters to their location: -Make noise-- pounding on doors and verbal indications of distress will help rescue workers pinpoint your location.

-Flash lights-- if you are unable to pound on your apartment door because of heat, go to your bedroom window and use a flashlight to signal to rescue workers. Do not open the window unless there is a high concentration of smoke in your room.

-Use the telephone-- Call 911 or the City Dispatch to advise rescue workers of your location.



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