In order to improve overall campus safety and promote fire safety, Hefei Thomas School held a fire evacuation drill on November 5th, 2019.
The fire alarm sounded at 9:00 AM. Quickly and calmly teachers and students covered their mouths and noses with a wet cloth and evacuated down the corridor in accordance with our safety guidelines. As students and staff evacuated towards the designated evacuation zone, school security guards rushed towards the teaching area, fire extinguishers in hand, displaying their selfless dedication to our students and staff.
After everyone was accounted for in the evacuation zone, the Deputy Squadron Leader of the Shushan Fire Brigade Jinggang Squadron, Li Tao, began demonstrating and explaining best practices for firefighting.
Through this event the Shushan Fire Brigade Jinggang Squadron promoted best practices regarding fire safety, such as how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and how to safely evacuate a burning building.
To encourage bilingualism, Li Tao was provided a translator by the school. Li Tao introduced specialized firefighting equipment to our students and staff. To our delight, Li Tao allowed a few staff and students to try being a firefighter by donning their outfight and equipment: being a firefighter is not easy!
This evacuation drill demonstrates the seriousness of which the school takes in regard to the safety of our students and staff. The evacuation drill was a resounding success and resulted in not only improved safety but almost school morale and comradery.