By Gabriel Chy Alonta
In a bid to raise the consciousness of school pupils on fire safety measures, the Anambra State Fire Service, trained pupils from Karis Genius Academy International, Awka, on emergency fire outbreaks.
The training took place at the command’s headquarters in Awka, Anambra state.
The state’s fire service chief, Engr. Martin Agbili, who led the pupils through the training, noted that the need to catch children young informed the training, remarking that the children need to imbibe preliminary fire fighting strategies.
Agbili disclosed that the command is making effort to extend similar training to schools in the 21 local government areas of the state, assuring that the state would do everything possible to ensure that the sensitisation reach all the nooks and crannies.
According to him, “There is need to be fire-conscious in schools, homes and every other places. Fire could be your best friend but you must know that when it gets out of hand, it becomes the worst enemy of man.
“When there is smoke in a building, to escape safely, you have to crawl on the floor to avoid being choked or suffocated; if the floor is hot, you adopt squatting movements”.
Demonstrating to the pupils on how to escape in fire accident scene, the fire service boss advised pupils to always employ the stop, drop and roll (SDR) technique to escape a fire scene, even as he highlighted the fuel, heat and oxygen as fire triangle.
He enjoined the pupils to always take precautionary measures to stay from possible occurrence of fire outbreaks in their homes, while urging parents and teachers to ensure that they install fire extinguishers in homes and schools.
Speaking on behalf of the pupils, the head boy and head girl of the school, Master Chidera Ikenna and Ms Chisimdi Okolo, in their separate remarks, said that they never knew what an extinguisher was used for before the training.
They said that with the training, they were better equipped on measures to take during fire outbreak and similar emergencies, remarking that they would like to be fire fighters in the future. They urged their parents to buy fire extinguishers in their homes.
Highpoints of the training include the award of scholarship to one of the pupils, Joy Chukwudike, who emerged as the best student after the training; as well as presentation of fire extinguisher to the Karis Genius Academy International. The presentation was made by the Anambra state fire service chief, Engr. Martin Agbili.