With a vacant building scheduled for demolition, the UT Martin Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter knew it had an opportunity to serve the community.
“We have several alumni firefighters and it made sense to loan out the building for training exercises,” said local Alumni & Volunteer Corp. president Stephen Yeargin (2006). “We are happy to help improve public safety in the City of Martin.”
The building, known as Scholars, was built in 1957. The chapter used the residence as an auxiliary dormitory for fraternity members from 1995 to 2016. It suffered significant damage in a 2020 storm that knocked a tree onto its roof. Earlier this year, the AVC made the decision to move forward with demolition later this month.
Training Captain Kory Green with the City of Martin Fire/Rescue/EMS Department coordinated the exercises. The training lasted two days.
While no actual fires were set in the building, the crews practiced cutting vents in the metal roof. This tactic during a real house fire helps remove heat and smoke from the building to aid fire suppression.