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‘Seconds to Disaster’ is a novel initiative of the Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa, which was initiated to provide a comprehensive understanding on the emergency disaster prevention and evacuation procedures. ‘Fire Alarm’, the first workshop of project ‘Seconds to Disaster’ was conducted on the 15th of October 2017 at RCU Skills Centre to impart knowledge on fire rescue procedure. The workshop was conducted by Flight Lieutenant J. Ranasinghe of the Sri Lanka Air Force, highlighting the importance of fire rescue procedures. The key focus areas of the session were fire prevention strategies, actions to be taken to evacuate from fire, proper guidelines on utilization of fire extinguishers and practical approach to ensure safety during a fire.

The workshop included a classification of fire and the causes for each type to break out. An in-detailed explanation was given regarding the precautions to be taken in order to be protected from each type of fire. The workshop also included details regarding the fire triangle and the importance of removing one of the factors in the triangle to control the propagation. In addition to the comprehensive explanations, the participants were given a first-hand experience on how to accurately use a fire extinguisher on different categories of fires. The gravity of the job role of firefighters were also highlighted during the workshop with the support of interactive videos on real-life fire rescuing procedures.

The workshop was concluded on a positive note, by imparting knowledge on the participants to ensure their safety during a fire breakout. The knowledge and experience gained through this workshop could be utilised by the participants to save thousands of lives in the future.

By Rtr. Deshani Yapa 

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