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Mock drill enlightens students on fire rescue

Staff Reporter

Drill conducted on the direction of Union Home Ministry

– Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Act on time:Mock fire rescue drill under way at Natarajan Damayanthi Higher Secondary School, Nagapattinam.

NAGAPATTINAM: A fire rescue and evacuation drill was organised as part of the national-level fire evacuation drill at the Natarajan Damayanthi Higher Secondary School here on Friday.

Ten teams, which included fire evacuation team, first-aid team, search and rescue team, fire-management team, awareness-combining team, fire-alarm team, site-safety team, transport team, media management team, and school fire management committee, were constituted for the mock drill.

Each team comprising six teachers and 10 students was delegated with a specific rescue work.

The deputy fire advisor of the Union Home Ministry had mandated the conduct of the mock drill as a nation-wide exercise in each district headquarters on January 21.

The mock drill that was organised was preceded by two-day training in fire evacuation and rescue.

The evacuation, which commenced with a fire-alarm, and a response time of three minutes was a success. S.Arumugam, Divisional Fire Officer, briefed on the rescue and evacuation methods such as ‘stop-drop-roll' method, lateral opening of door to prevent ‘back draught' — accentuating the ferocity of fire — crawl-method of rescue to avoid smoke , and encircling people to prevent stampede.

Over 2,500 students, 200 teachers, and headmasters participated in the drill that was flagged off by R.Veerachamy, Chief Education Officer.

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