Students step into firefighters’ shoes

Daniel Lim

A fire drill at St John’s School, Kuala Belait on Tuesday morning saw the participation of teachers, school staff members and students.

Organised by the school in collaboration with the Kuala Belait Fire Station of the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) Operation Branch ‘B’ and the Paramedic Emergency Medical Ambulance Services (EMAS) of Kuala Belait, the drill was held to ensure that the participants are prepared to face any emergency and to educate them on the proper method of using firefighting equipment.

Nearly 750 students from Kindergarten to Year 11 and their teachers assembled for the drill in the morning.

They gathered at the metro parking next to the school as an emergency assembly was called up. This was in response to a simulated scenario where a fire broke out at the school’s canteen and five students were reported missing. The fire had also spread to the school compound with some “sustaining injuries.”

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene and sprang into action, searching for ‘the missing students.’ They also treated the ‘injured’ students.

The students, teachers and staff later gathered at the open field of the school where they were briefed on the fire drill.

Students learnt about the various types of fire extinguishers that are available, extinguished a simulated fire using the extinguisher and the hose with the help of firefighters.

Later, a barrette was handed over to representatives of the Kuala Belait Fire Station and Paramedic EMAS of Kuala Belait.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show students being ‘treated’ during the drill; and students operate a fire hose. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM