Hiding in the ‘fire’
Students at Truman Eddison take part in practice run for fire department
It’s not often when a fire alarm goes off at a school that students are instructed to stay inside.
But that is exactly what happened with three students and one teacher during a safety demonstration at Truman Eddison Memorial in St. LunaireGriquet on June 2.
Brian Earle, Nick Eddison and Allison Jones were the three students chosen to stay behind so the local volunteer fire department could test their capabilities finding potential casualties inside a fire. Teacher Mike Green was the fourth.
“We hid in the fire, as if the fire really happened and we were children that got stuck,” Allison, a Grade 6 student, said. “We couldn’t get out of somewhere and the firefighters had to come find us.”
Her hiding place was a storage room in the gym, Nick hid in the old principal’s room and Brian was in the library.
The evacuation was timed, and the firefighters went to work in full uniform, searching for their missing students and teacher.
It was Brian that was found first, within two minutes of the firefighters entering the building. Nick was found after seven minutes, Green after 13 minutes, and Allison was the last found. It took 23 minutes to track her down.
“I heard people screaming in the hallway,” Brian said. “When they came in, I said, ‘Hi.’”
Nick was lying on the couch in his hiding spot.
“I seen the lights shining through the windows,” he said. “I could hear the sirens and heard lots of people yelling out.”
At this time, all the students were outside lined up with their classes. Head counts were done, and the three students were the ones missing. Besides the teachers, no one knew they were hiding inside. It was a secret that they kept really well.
“I felt kind of special because the teachers picked us because we were trustworthy,” Nick said. “And it was really cool because you didn’t know who would get found when.”
Allison and Brian agreed that it was nice to be picked to take part.
School principal Ashley Wood sent out a message to all the parents before it took place so there was no one alarmed about seeing the fire trucks and ambulances at the school during the drill.
“It was a big commotion going on in the community,” Brian said. “The firemen were pretending it was a real fire.”
The realness of the training was beneficial for the three students, especially. It helped them learn important lessons when it comes to being trapped in a fire and what to do if a firefighter finds you.
“In case a real fire happens, you have to be cautious and careful,” Allison said.
Even though it was the fire safety that was mostly taught to the students in the school, Brian learned a special lesson.
“We are very thankful for our firefighters and police,” he said.
Nick Eddison (left), Allison Jones (centre) and Brian Earle were the three students chosen to be casualties in the training session at their school.
The St. Lunaire-Griquet Volunteer Fire Department took part in a training exercise at Truman Eddison Memorial on June 2, where they had to find and rescue three students from a mock fire.
Students lined up with their classes once outside of the school.
Firefighters and an ambulance took part in the training exercise.
The firefighters used all necessary equipment to create the illusion of a real fire.