Muscat: Hundreds of students at Pakistan School Seeb participated in the first ever fire drill, that was carried out by experts at the school premises recently.
Talking to exclusively to Times of Oman, Munazza Ghafoor, principal of the branch said that the school arranged this workshop in association with the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA), who taught the students, faculty and staff the safety measures that need to implemented in case of a fire.
“The safety of students, faculty and staff is very important to us at Pakistan School Seeb and practicing safety drills is a part of an overall plan to help maintain a safe environment. The crisis response team is already working proactively and aggressively in this regard. Students as well as staff have been trained by certified HSC trainers to react properly any such situation.”
“In order to educate and train the students and staff for any unforeseen emergency situation like fire, the school conducts evacuation drills under the Crises Response Team (CRT) on a regular basis,” Ghafoor said.
She added that to demonstrate a real life fire evacuation drill, the school’s existing fire alarm system was activated to evacuate the building. Then a call to the emergency centre was placed.
“Firefighters equipped with essentials for fire fighting and rescue operations reached the school and assisted the teachers in evacuation. This was done in a very thorough and a professional way.”
“An ambulance was also stationed with required facilities to teach how to pull out the victims in such a fire mishap. This drill ensured that everyone was made aware of the building’s escape routes and instructions,” Ghafoor said.
An official from the PACDA, Abdul Aziz, appreciated the achievements of the School Management and CRT Team in conducting the session in a free flowing manner. He highlighted that evacuation of the premises ‘within two minutes’ was admirable.