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Signs of Change
New signs are popping up across campus thanks to our crew here at Facilities

Visitor parking signs have been installed in parking areas near CSC, Building 5, for
the convenience of prospective students and campus visitors.

Those of you visiting CIC, Building 7 may have seen new locker signs. Students now
have information on how to reserve lockers.

And our Nursing labs across campus are now safer thanks to warning placards
identifying equipment not intended for medical use.

Facilities Services vehicles will be soon be numbered and include the College logo
to easily identify and verify crew locations, improving campus communications.

Worst of Times, Best of Times

With snow drifts melted and blossoms blooming, February’s snowstorms can
finally be put in perspective. February was the snowiest month on record for
Kitsap County. With over 20 inches of total snowfall recorded in Bremerton
according to the National Weather Service. Olympic College, Facilities
Services faced the worst accumulation of snowfall since our founding in

The total number of College closures during February topped out at six and a
half days. Each time OC closed Maintenance and Custodial crew were here
working behind the scenes. Our crews shoveled, plowed, and de-icing at
Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton campuses". As soon as the staff were ready
to hang up their shovels, another snow storm would blow in, burying the
parking lots again,” said Randy Geiger, Facilities Building and Grounds Supervisor. This occurred repeatedly
during our worst month of February.

FSD Administrative Operations Coordinator Rosa Buss said, "The staff pitched in and handled the snow crisis in
the best way possible. We are very proud of our team and the job they've done."

Now that the worst has passed, Facilities Services has reviewed snow and ice melt procedures, refining and
improving the FSD Snow & Ice Removal Plan. Next year Facilities Services will be well-prepared to battle the
worst of storms.

Fire & Life Safety Systems

Fire alarm alerts frequently have been going off across campus, keeping
Facility Services EHS Manager, Maintenance staff, and Security Services
officers busy responding to and diagnosing problems with OC’s fire
alarm systems.

Did you know in February an actual fire alarm in Sci-Tech prompted

evacuation of the building?

Bremerton Fire responded quickly and found no fire. However, there

were some important safety take-aways from the Sci-Tech evacuation:

 Immediately evacuate the building when alarm bells ring. No matter what, do not ignore the bells or waste
time exiting. Your life may depend on it.

 Never re-enter the building until the Fire Department has cleared the building. Do not assume that because
the alarm bells have ceased ringing the building is safe to re-enter. The Fire Department may turn off the
bells while they investigate and fight a fire.

 Do NOT leave the designated evacuation/muster area until you are officially released. First responders may
risk their lives searching for someone not accounted for. Security and/or Maintenance staff will be posted
at entrances. Please follow their instructions.

To address these troubling alarm issues, Johnson Controls technicians and FSD staff conducted maintenance on the
systems over Spring Break. This was a huge, coordinated team effort in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton, requiring the
assistance of administrative staff in Facility Services and Safety & Security.

Other basic fire and life safety systems have seen improvement over Spring Break as well. Multiple fire extinguishers
have been serviced, along with inspections of Exit and Emergency lighting in the Haselwood Library, and RBS, Building

In tandem with these inspections, Fire Alarm Response Procedures were developed by Teresa Fox, FSD Environmental
Health & Safety Manager. The new procedures are designed to ensure a prompt, consistent campus response to alarms.
Maintenance staff have been briefed and a training session was held on March 13th with Security Staff from all three
campuses. “We are now better prepared to proactively, uniformly respond to alarms in Fire Alarm systems to meet
regulatory compliance. With these fire alarm response procedures in place, the College can focus on the safety of
students, staff, faculty, visitors and first responders during a fire,” states Fox.
The Fire Alarm Response Procedures are now awaiting official review and final approval from the Olympic College Board
of Trustees.

A Matter of Life & Breath

In the time it takes you to read this newsletter, Sudden Cardiac Arrest will have
claimed another victim. Statistics show that more than 300,000 Americans die of
sudden cardiac arrest every year. As many as 50,000 of these deaths could have
been prevented if someone had initiated the cardiac chain of survival, CPR and
use of an AED, an Automated External Defibrillator.

Olympic College currently has nine AED’s for all three campuses to serve our
13,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors. Thanks to the generosity of Puget
Sound Energy Foundation, Olympic College will soon receive matching funds to
purchase an additional 29 AED units. AEDs provide life-saving technology when
administered within the critical 3-5 minute window after onset of Sudden Cardiac

Janell Whiteley, Vice President of Administrative Services, David Emmons, OC Foundation Executive Director, Teresa Fox,
Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, Daniel Walkup, Emergency Management Director and Terri Gleich, Foundation
Communications Specialist, collaboratively worked to apply for the grant. The total cost of$23,000 would be shard
between the PSE grant and Olympic College matching funds. The ultimate goal of the College is to have an AED on every
floor of every building on all three campuses.

Teresa Fox, FSD Environmental Health & Safety Manager, has been appointed to manage the College’s AED Program .
Teresa will identify a point of contact for each campus building, identify employees who are required to be CPR/AED
trained and certified, serve as the primary point of contact for fire and emergency services, and work with appropriate
officials to determine optimal AED placement to minimize risk.

The new AED Program developed by EHS and Emergency Management will now go forward for official review.


Campus Alumni Banners
Facilities Services Grounds & Maintenance crews will be busy in April installing beautiful
banners promoting sixty-two of our Olympic College alumni.

The sixty-two banners will be displayed on light posts throughout the Bremerton campus,
a daily reminder of OC’s proud legacy of higher education in our community and the
stellar achievements of our graduates.

We are happy to support this effort to promote Olympic College. We want to take the
time to extend kudos for a job well done to OC Foundation Executive Director David
Emmons and his support team, as well as a big thanks to our OC alumni for participating
in this project.

Facilities Services Staff Profile

Teresa Fox is a dedicated safety professional. She comes to Olympic College

with 17 years of experience in the fire and life safety field. For ten years Teresa
served as a Safety Officer overseeing Environmental, Health & Safety
Departments for maritime facilities. After managing EHS at Naval Inactive Ships
Bremerton, she spent several grueling fishing seasons at sea. Stationed near
Dutch Harbor, Teresa was in charge of fleet EHS and medical, returning to land in
Ballard in the off-seasons to oversee shipyard repairs.

Born and raised in Bremerton, she earned an Associate’s Degree from OC, then
later earned multiple safety certifications. She particularly enjoyed attending
world-class education facilities at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg,
Maryland, and the Maritime Training Institute in Baltimore.

1. How did you get started in Environmental Health and Safety?

I am a humanitarian at heart. I worked for Kitsap County with the Fire Marshall’s prevention staff. I saw their
dedication to life safety. That really resonated with me and started my career path in EHS.

2. What is your favorite pastime or hobby?

Hiking in our local area. I love hiking Green Mountain

3. Do you have a favorite quote?

I have two. The first is from Albert Einstein : “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results.” And because I am a problem solver, my other favorite is one I heard from my father
when growing up: “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”

4. Most memorable book?

Without a doubt it is Jack London’s The Call of The Wild. It motivated me years later to move to Alaska for the
greenery, magnificence and overall beauty of the land and sea.

5. How would you describe yourself?

Outgoing, tenacious adventurer with the ability to overcome obstacles who enjoys a healthy lifestyle that
includes a dash of daily laughter.

6. Cake or pie person?

Pie, I vote for berry pie.

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