Value of Fire Drills

Value of Fire Drills

A peculiarly interesting illustration of the value of fire drills was described in a recent issue of the British publication, The Fireman, which says:

“A serious fire occurred at the beginning of last month at the famous institution in Regent’s Park organized by Sir Arthur W. Pearson for the training of blind exservice men. The building involved was used as a hotel for a large number of men who are housed in wards on the ground and first floors, the V. A. D. sisters occupying the upper floor. On going her rounds at midnight the sister on duty discovered a fire well alight in a room on the first floor in which bed-linen was stored. She had the presence of mind at once to close the door, and give the alarm. Thanks to the excellent system of fire drills that have always been carried out under the superintendence of one of Merryweathers’ inspection staff, there was not the slightest panic, and the blind men were all got safely out of the wards before the arrival of the London Fire Brigade, who got quickly to work and confined the outbreak to the corner of the building in which it originated.”

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