November 4th, 2019 -- October was Fire Prevention Awareness Month. St. Kitts International Academy has joined forces with the St. Kitts & Nevis Fire and Rescue Services to thoroughly educate students on fire safety. Principal Krista James of S.K.I. Academy, Keithly Hicks (Director of Safety & Security of Windsor University) and Fire Prevention Officer Timothy Martin, teamed up in this initiative. Fire prevention education is something that all children should be exposed to so that they are prepared in the event of a life threatening emergency to act swiftly.
Member of the SKNFRS held fire prevention classes for students in grades K-6 and 7-12. Students learned the importance of ensuring that smoke alarms are placed in homes and maintained. Another essential topic that was covered was having a fire escape plan within your home. Often times, this is overlooked and it is key in being prepared in the event of a fire. Students were taught how to properly “stop, drop and roll” and demonstrations were given. The importance of staying low in a fire was covered and members of the school community practiced an alligator crawl to safely evacuate a burning building. After the classes members of the high school were given the chance to go aboard the fire truck.
The second phase of this partnership was a campus wide fire drill in which the entire school was evacuated to their assembly point. This was great practice for the school and teachers but it was organized by SKNFRS in such a way that it was phoned in as an actual emergency and the Fire Department responded not knowing that it was a drill. This was a great way for the SKNFRS to have an authentic learning experience as well, giving their team a chance to practice and hone their skills. After the drill the students were given the opportunity to learn about the various types of equipment on the fire truck and got the chance to go inside the truck as well.
The third phase of this arrangement includes education for the entire team at S.K.I. Academy. The SKNFRS will be conducting a fire safety workshop with the team in November to make sure that they are equipped to properly handle a fire emergency.
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