Firies drop in
PRIMARY school students at St Augustine’s, Mossman and Miallo recently got a shock when the fire alarm went off and the Queensland Fire Service attended their schools.
Fortunately this time there were no fires, it was an organised fire drill that only the principals of each school new about, to test the reaction of both the students and teachers.
Students from each school acted out a role of being a missing student and at St Augustine’s 11- year- old student Tom Walker was the missing student waiting for the firies to locate and save him.
‘‘I didn’t know what was happening at first, I was scared and then they came and told me about it and I joined in,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s definitely important because it can actually happen one day properly.’’
Mossman Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Andrew Petrack said they treated the fire drill as a normal procedure, which was also training for them.
‘‘We smoked out a room to simulate a real fire and upon arrival we located our missing person and that’s where Tom was involved,’’ he said.
‘‘The priority was to rescue him and then suppress the fire.’’
After the fire drill several students spoke to Mossman Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Andrew Petrack and said they were so scared because they thought the drill was real ‘‘ we could have been dead’’, one student said.
Mr Petrack said it was good for the teachers to see how the students reacted to the fire alarm, to work with them to get them out of the classrooms fast. ‘‘The fire drills went really good, it was good to see the systems in place and improvements that can be done as they took too long to get out,’’ he said.
‘‘One of the problems we faced is the students all knew us and kept waving at us, but overall they did a good job and we got to enforce how important it is to listen to teachers and get out of their classrooms fast.
‘‘We are going to be doing fire drills on more than one occasion, it’s important to do them regularly and help raise community awareness.’’
DRILLS: James Perham rescuing Tom Walker with Dan Waiter