74th annual WOWO Fire Drill takes place

(Kayla Blakeslee/WOWO News)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): An annual tradition continues: today was the 74th annual citywide WOWO Fire Drill.

WOWO’s Kayla Blakeslee joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Fort Wayne at 10am today.

The event is held every year, broadcast live on WOWO and coordinated with Fort Wayne schools and the Fort Wayne Fire Department, as part of National Fire Prevention Week. The exact time of the drill is not announced ahead of time.

(Mike McIntyre/WOWO News)
(Mike McIntyre/WOWO News)

Four chosen students pulled the alarm, which will be broadcast to all other schools within Fort Wayne, and then students will evacuate their buildings as per COVID-19 recommendations. Students and staff will experience a simulated fire with special effects that include non-toxic “smoke.”

Students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton successfully cleared the building in less than two minutes.

The goal of the annual WOWO fire drill is not only to have students practice the evacuation portion of the drill but to also help promote fire safety and fire prevention. This year’s drill was also live-streamed on WOWO’s Facebook page.

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