Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) along with local Fire Authority Sgt. Paul Johnson carried out surprise fire drills at a number of schools and government buildings on September 12 and 19 in order to assess fire readiness and give suggestions with a view to saving lives in the event of a fire.
The month of September has been designated as “Fire Safety & Awareness Month”; this is an annual event promoted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Services.
Danny Sawyer, Fire Chief of MHVFR, said the response of the schools and government offices were reviewed and they will be given reports highlighting areas that need improvement.
Local Fire Authority, Sgt. Johnson added that Fire Services will work in conjunction with MHVFR to carry out more drills throughout the year.
Mr. Sawyer said that the schools and government offices were advised that they need to work out evacuation routes in order to get children safely away from buildings in the event of a fire.
He added that teachers need to be aware of the students in their classrooms and do a roll call as soon as possible after evacuating their class room. Likewise, offices need someone who knows who is in office and as soon as everyone is evacuated ensure that all co-workers are accounted for.
Mr. Sawyer said all schools need to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the class rooms and regularly inspect their equipment to ensure everything is in working order.
“After all, it is about the safety of everyone; especially the children,” he said. “Having a plan will only make everyone’s life that much safer.”