Although the exact problem could not be pinpointed, there was a fault within the computer program causing both the alarm system and the sprinkler system to activate.
The sprinkler system functions with a computerized fire detection device. Nitterhouse Alarm Company, an outside contractor, evaluated the system and determined there was a corruption, but could not locate the exact problem.
Chambersburg Fire Department
The Chambersburg Fire Department, who was already present for the drill, shut off the water. The Chambersburg Fire Department members, Wilson College students, Franklin Fire Company, Marion Fire Company, Caroline Perkins, Mike Small, Ralph Brennan, Tom Faith and many others joined the clean up efforts. Units were on the scene for roughly an hour. Jack Kelly, Director of Facilities Management says, "Everybody involved in the clean up did an excellent job and we appreciate the help. The students were really excellent."
Preventing Dangerous Mold
Furniture and carpets were removed and the water was also removed. Fans were later set in place for mold prevention.
Nitterhouse Alarm Company
Nitterhouse Alarm Company will be on site during the next fire drill to ensure it runs smoothly. Kelly is also looking into changing the sprinkler system to an open head system. The open head system sprinklers are set off by heat instead of a fire detection device. Kelly must receive approval from the fire marshal prior to their full consideration and installation.