Redmonds Building evacuated in drill

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Students were disrupted by the fire drill

Liverpool John Moores University’s new £37.6m Redmonds Building was evacuated on Monday as emergency drill procedures were tested.

The alarm was sounded at around 11am, with pupils and staff assembling outside the nearby Art & Design Academy while the drill was in progress.

Rumours quickly spread that the procedure was a real emergency as all university classes were disrupted, but students were quickly allowed back inside.

Business Student Sarah Farrelly told JMU Journalism: “We don’t know if it’s a drill, or if it’s for real. I’m freezing!”

The drill was organised by the building’s fire wardens in order to see how the evacuation process works in a real situation.

The disruption lasted for around 20 minutes, and lessons resumed within half an hour.

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