SCHOOL FIRE TESTS TRAINING

by Gair on December 20, 2013

SCHOOL AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY THE QUICK RESPONSE TO A MINOR FIRE AT KENNETT MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CONWAY TUESDAY AFTERNOON PROVED THE VALUE OF PLANNING AND TRAINING FOR JUST SUCH AN EMERGENCY.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE SCHOOL JUST AFTER 2 P.M. AFTER A FIRE ALARM SOUNDED. STUDENTS AND STAFF INITIALLY MOVED OUTSIDE AND AS SOON AS IT BECAME APPARENT IT WAS NOT A FALSE ALARM, EVERYONE MOVED TO THE NEARBY CONWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYMNASIUM TO KEEP WARM.

THE POWER WAS DISCONNECTED TO AN ELECTRIC HEATER THAT HAD BURNED OUT IN A MECHANICAL ROOM IN ONE OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL’S BUILDINGS. THAT PUT THE FIRE OUT AND FIREFIGHTERS SET UP EXHAUST FANS TO VENT SMOKE FROM THE AREA.

NO ONE WAS HURT AND STUDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO GET THEIR BOOKS AND JACKETS. ARRIVING BUSES DETOURED TO ANOTHER PICKUP AREA BEFORE TAKING STUDENTS HOME AS USUAL.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE SCHOOL HAS A PLAN TO KEEP ITS KIDS SAFE IN ANY NUMBER OF DIFFERENT EMERGENCIES AND IN TUESDAY’S INCIDENT THEY WERE KEPT SAFE AND WARM – AND WERE ONLY DELAYED A SHORT TIME BEFORE LEAVING FOR HOME.

IT’S HOPED THE EFFICIENT RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT INCREASES THE CONFIDENCE AND COMFORT OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS THAT SCHOOL AND EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE PROFESSIONAL AND CAPABLE OF MANAGING UNFORESEEN EVENTS AND EMERGENCIES.

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